When the Writing Gets Tough…

…the tough get writing.

That’s the way the saying goes, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not, but it still applies in my mind. Some people think writers have the easiest job in the world. They get to do something they love with little to no effort and just publish books and make some money.

*insert annoying wrong buzzer from random game show*

Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, but a career in writing, or even a side job in writing, isn’t a bed of roses. Unless those roses still have the thorns on them. Continue reading

1 Writing Tool

Today is the hardest of the bunch. I can only share one writing tool. ONE?

#1 Writing Tool

Day 3The tool I have found most useful of late is the WriteMind Planner. You can see a full review of it here.

Some of the things I find most useful about the planner are:

  • One, localized place for all my notes
  • Easily moveable pages (plus it’s fun to freak your family out by tearing a page out of it and putting it back in. Only works once, though)
  • The word count calendar (probably my favorite feature since I’m a bit obsessive about keeping track of my word count)
  • The character sheets have helped me keep my characters straight and consistent throughout the book
  • The scene pages keep my outline steady and I can tailor them to fit the way I do it

There are a few highlights of my favorite writing tool. What is your favorite writing tool?

And an update on the giveaway! There have been so many people entering that we’ve added extra prizes.

Grand Prize:

  • Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
  • $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
  • $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
  • Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

Second Prize:

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

Third Prize:

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card


Quote Trail

If you visit each blog, you will find three words on each and when you put them all together, it creates an entire quote. Once you gather the full quote, you can put it in the correct spot in the giveaway widget for another entry.

Here is my part of today’s quote: to do is

And you can continue on by clicking on the blog button below:

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2 Pieces of Writing Advice

Today’s post in the countdown is to share 2 pieces of writing advice. Unlike the last post, this one will be rather short. But hopefully you find some of it helpful.

#1: Never stop reading

Day 2Fiction, non-fiction, whatever you want to read, but especially your Bible. Reading can give you ideas for a plot, style, and so much more. Reading your Bible can help you stay focused on what is most important: God. Continue reading

3 Writing Books

Welcome to the 3-2-1 Write! Blog Party! When Rebekah and Kate asked me to join, I was super excited because this theme is right up my alley. I hope you enjoy the party as much as I do.

Day 1What is the party? Me and five other authors are partnering together to share our 3 favorite writing books, 2 pieces of advice, and 1 favorite writing tool. We’re also doing a couple of giveaways. The grand prize winner gets a paperback copy of The Emotion Thesaurus and a $5 Amazon gift card. Then there will be 6 other prizes given out. One commenter from each blog will be chosen to receive an eBook compiled by Rebekah Morris and Kate Willis. You can enter the grand prize giveaway here. When you enter you get the chance to win a great prize package:

  • Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
  • $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
  • $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
  • Free Edit of up to 5,000 words by Erika Mathews

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May Goals

Monthly Goals

April was a busy, but very good month. Here are the goals I made with the completions in bold:

  • Keep up with the Facebook group (Done! If you’re a writer and on Facebook, we’re keeping the Encouragement Campfire going year-round. Let me know if you want to join)
  • Write 2,000+ words per day (Averaged out, yes, for a total of 55,083 this month)
  • Promo books on twitter (Done! And hired a Virtual Assistant to help me keep up with it. Thanks, Naomi!!)
  • Finish two writing books (Done! And reviewed here and here.)
  • Keep up with reviewing books read (Done! One is being reviewed on Friday).
  • Edit All the Way and send to proofreaders (Done!)
  • Get Be Thou My Vision and Blessed Assurance on Pronoun (Done and loving it!)
  • Total word count goal: 50,000 (Done plus 5,000 extra)

And now it’s on to May. Is it just me or is this year going by way too fast? Continue reading

Reading Resolutions

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This is the time of year when people make New Year’s Resolutions. Some of them are realistic and some aren’t. Some you can keep for a couple months, some for a day or two. Some are for some really weird things. But have you ever made a resolution to read a certain number of books the next year?

I can see you now. You’re jaw on the floor, a look of shock on your face. “A resolution to read books? Why would you do that?” you ask. “I already know I’ll read books, so why make goals and resolutions for that?”

I am so glad you asked! There are a few reasons I can think of now, but if you know of more, feel free to leave a comment with those reasons.

Reason #1:

shelf-159852_1280Reading Resolutions/Goals can give you a particular number to aim for. Continue reading

Another Year is Dawning

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Last year about this time, I made 10 goals for 2016. This year I have a few more. But first let me share with you how last year went.

  1. Publish two novella collections, three novellas, and two novels. (One collection, three novellas, and one novel were published as well as a few short stories. The second collection and novel will be published in January and February, Lord willing.)
  2. Read at least half of the writing books I own. (Not quite, but close)
  3. Be more conscientious of the time I waste on the computer.(Yes)
  4. Finish the study of Revelation. (Yes)
  5. Read through the Bible in a year. (I missed too many days and couldn’t quite make it. I hope to finish sometime this year though.)
  6. Learn at least one new classical song on the piano. (I did learn Schubert’s Impromptu op. 142 #3, but it isn’t quite polished yet).
  7. Be better about responding to emails. (Yes, mostly).
  8. Finish the sewing projects I’ve put off, including my quilted dress. (Eh, not so much. And the quilted dress has been changed to a skirt, and still isn’t finished).
  9. Write at least one informational blog post every other month. (I believe I did manage to do this one).
  10. Keep on top of the church activities I am involved in. (Mostly).

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