The Lego Effect: Why It’s Okay to Have the Same Ideas

Life is like Lego, and so is writing. We all have our own bin, full of everything we’ve experienced on a sensory, intellectual, and emotional level. Yes, there are probably more levels than that, but I'm trying to be brief here. Some of the pieces in our tub? They match the pieces in other people’s … Continue reading The Lego Effect: Why It’s Okay to Have the Same Ideas

Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool

There is much to be said for sitting down with a huge book and savoring it for days or weeks on end. I enjoy meeting a cast of interesting characters, exploring the world and setting, and marveling in the myriad, intricate storylines and subplots the author weaves together into a grand tapestry. I’m constantly in … Continue reading Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool

Writing a Different Kind of Romance: The Sibling Relationship

I recently attended a class by Sarah M. Eden because I've taken courses from her before and she's a brilliant teacher. I went in knowing I'd learn something, but I didn't have super high hopes as she was teaching about the plot structures of romance novels, and while mine have subplots that are romantic, I … Continue reading Writing a Different Kind of Romance: The Sibling Relationship

The Waldorf Philosophy and the Middle Grade Reader

I homeschool my children using the Waldorf philosophy. It’s a beautiful education filled with art and music and delayed academics. But part of the philosophy has really helped me understand what a middle grade book should be. And it is the philosophy of the seven-year stages. In Waldorf philosophy, there’s this idea of the seven … Continue reading The Waldorf Philosophy and the Middle Grade Reader

Mind Mapping: A Pantser’s Path to Planning the Perfect Story

I don’t plot. I don’t outline. I don’t even do character sketches. And the irony with that … I’m a planner with everything else in my life. I’ve never met a project, a trip, a day that I didn’t plan to the last detail. Seriously. I have objectives for each month, then weekly tasks and … Continue reading Mind Mapping: A Pantser’s Path to Planning the Perfect Story