Writing Tips

So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide

Orignally posted in 2014 People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]” If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, I never thought it was possible for someone like me to …

Books, TV, & Movies, Writing, Writing Tips

Lessons to Learn from 50 Shades of Grey

Let’s talk about 50 Shades of Grey. I’ve never read it beyond the sample chapter nor have I seen any of the movies. Not because I’m a prude who shuns erotica, but mostly because I have issues with the unhealthy glorification of an abusive relationship so I’m simply not interested. Despite this, however, I learned …

Writing, Writing Tips

If you ain’t first, you’re … probably having fun!

I love the movie, Talledega Nights, and I can quote pretty much every line. Especially the dinner scene ’cause I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt. As a two-time boy mom with a cynical sense of humor that has me laughing at fart jokes, it’s hard not to love that movie. And, of …

Writing Tips

Just Tell Their Story: Writing Advice from Chris Crutcher

Ah, writing conferences. How I miss them! Spending a day … sometimes two … learning and listening to amazing speakers along with other kindred spirits? Yes, please, sign me up! Back when I wrote mostly young adult novels, in what now feels like a lifetime ago, my favorite conference was the annual one put on …

Writing, Writing Tips

I Wrote an Okay Novel … and that’s okay.

After months and months of brainstorming, plotting, outlining, writing part of the draft, replotting, outlining, and then going back to the beginning … three times, I finally, FINALLY finished my women’s fiction draft in April! And bonus? I LOVE MY LAST LINE! Here it is if you’re curious: Because I’m fine, just as I am. …

Random Chitchats

Sandy Cracks and Other Perceived Flaws

I don’t like sand above my ankles. Don’t get me wrong. I love looking out onto a beautiful sandy beach, especially in the morning hours after nightly high tides have smoothed it to a fresh, blank surface. I adore walking along the ocean, savoring that delicious sinking feeling, watching the grains outlining my feet lighten, …