Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 11

It’s day eleven and progress is slow going still.  By day seven, I knew I wasn’t going to reach my word count goal.  That’s when I realized something important–word count goals just don’t work for me.  Instead of following the advice of the eight gazillion books and blog posts on writing that I’ve read over … More Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 11

The First Draft

On February 24th, I started writing the first draft of my first novel. This isn’t the first time I’ve started the first draft of my so-called first novel. I’ve developed–and perfected–a start/stop method of writing, where I plan and plan and plan, then after spending waayyyy too much time in the planning phase, I will finally … More The First Draft

Why I Read Romance

When I pick up a book, I want to be temporarily transported to another place and time. Most nights, one hour before bed, I read. For those sixty minutes I’m able to forget about the daily grind and immerse myself into another world. I look forward to this time. For me, reading has always been … More Why I Read Romance

A Writing Milestone

Way back in July of this year I got up enough nerve to submit a short story to a national magazine. I kept my expectations low because, although I’d been writing off and on for a number of years, this short story was the first thing I’d ever finished. By sending in that story, somehow … More A Writing Milestone