Over the past few months, as I've been working on a challenging new writing project, I've found myself thinking about my grandmother. Grandmother Olive (my mom's mom) was the kind of lady people refer to as "a character." She had some weird mannerisms and beliefs. My mom always laughs when she tells about her own mother's … Continue reading Deathwatch, David Lee Roth and the Roundness of Hamburgers
This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the LDS Storymakers conference for the first time ever.* In fact, not only was this my first time at Storymakers, it was my first time at any major writing conference. For those of you who, like me, are thinking of attending your first writing conference, I’d … Continue reading 10 First-Timer’s Writing Conference Tips, Written By A First-Timer
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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
Every writer strives to create characters that are memorable and multi-faceted, someone with whom their readers can relate to, root for, or root against. This is a tall order, especially when every character needs to also have a unique voice in the story. Very often—and this is especially true with newer writers—many of the characters … Continue reading Believing Kermit: Lessons in Crafting Characters
"Sometimes your destiny is wrapped up in a veil of fear to check if you really have the courage to face it." – Marcus Hades Fear is easily the greatest enemy to a writer. It steals time, confidence, and the desire to move forward. I've battled this enemy since the age of ten. There've honestly … Continue reading Fear No More
Last week, my debut went out into the world. It was exciting, amazing, surreal. And, I’ll be completely honest with you guys, I’m glad it’s over. Crazy, right? I worked for that moment for years and years, I should be savoring every moment of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fabulous feeling. But here’s … Continue reading Surviving Your Book Launch