Making a Novel Decision

In my last Novel Journey post, “Two Book Ideas: Deciding Which Story to Tell,” I shared my conflict about deciding about two novel ideas and which one I should write first. I received excellent feedback here via my blog and over on my Medium page. Go with what excites you the most. Go with the book idea you can’t stop thinking about. So I’m going with my original book idea. I recently got back from […]

July Writing Goals for Camp NaNoWriMo

July means camp time. Yes traditional camping in the woods and the writing kind over at NaNoWriMo. In July, writers set a writing (or editing) goal. As a writer, I find motivation when I write during these types of challenges, especially on those days when I don’t feel like writing. The competitor in me pushes through the excuses when I see other writers posting about their personal goals. I rarely wait until the last minute […]

Expand Your Writing Community with my Slack Group

I recently wrote about having a writing community in my article. I created a writing accountability support group on Slack, called “Let’s Write!” This is a safe community where any level writer is welcome and can share what they are working on, ask questions, and support other writers. I’m using this writing community as a home where I can post my daily and weekly goals to stay accountable. I will share my goals on social […]

Two Book Ideas: Deciding Which Story to Tell

Last year, I started a rough draft of a novel idea I had. I had no idea what I was doing. I worked on it for a few months and realized it was not enough for a book, more like a short story. Another idea popped into my head and it wouldn’t let go. I spent a few months thinking about the plot as it was a little complicated. The problem I am facing is […]

Making the Most of Writing Challenges

Today is the halfway mark for the #1000wordsofsummer writing challenge, created by Jami Attenberg. How are you doing with the challenge? One day, a migraine kept me away from my writing goal but have managed to catch up this weekend. How do you feel about writing challenges? Motivate you? Depress you? Depends on how life is at the time? Yes, yes and yes. I’m drawn to these types of writing challenges. The energy of everyone […]

A Guide to Finding Your Writing Community

“Writing is about community, even if you write alone.” Natalie Goldberg Natalie Goldberg wrote, in her book Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, referred to writers needing to read other people’s work, to broaden their reading outside their own. Of course, most writers understand that concept as many are avid readers. Because of the pandemic, the quote takes on a new meaning. Physical writing groups stopped meeting. The simple act of writing at the local […]

Book Review of The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

This is the first book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah. I know, I know! In defense, my TBR pile is the size of a garden shed at this point so I’m doing the best I can. The Four Winds begins in 1921, during the Great Depression, specifically in Texas centering around the Martinelli family. I’ve read many novels based during this time period but they were focused on the war. This book is focused on […]

Full Circle

Thank you for stopping by my corner of the Internet. I haven’t occupied a space here in cyperspace for a few years now. I used to run an Etsy business along with a blog, called My Little Chickadee Creations. It was my baby conceived by accident (what can I say but it happens). My blog was more a space for promoting what I did (I transformed travertine tiles into home decor pieces like coasters and […]