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 […]

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 […]

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 […]