Nothing is working! I want to scream it from the roof tops. My WIP with the working title of Anywhere But Here appeared to be progressing well.  There were some scenes that needed strengthening but I always knew where the story was going and how it would end. So, I did not expect to hit the


How can I use my imagination to create a unique, yet totally relatable character?  What I have realized is that I need to use every possible opportunity to develop the personality of my  character. I need to practice “being” Lily. I need to literally live inside my story. What quirks/mannerisms does Lily display when eating?

IMAGINE – the road not taken

Another Point of View activity that I have found super helpful, is to go through the writing prompts in some of my books  and then respond to the prompt as my protagonist would respond. This is actually a lot of fun and provides a whole new twist to the writing prompt. But the best part


“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” Alan Alda When you aren’t feeling particularly inspired, sometimes it helps to twist the lens on something familiar and view it from a different perspective. If you haven’t tried using writing prompts with a twist, you may be

The Creative Brain

Did you know that doing one novel thing a day is important for brain health? (Considiering I just wrapped up National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) it seems obvious a pun was intended here!) According to Dr. Sandra Bond, renowned cognitive neuroscientist, using your brain creatively is a critical part of strengthening brain function. Apparently we

I Did Not See That Coming : What Happens When You Listen

Last week my theme song was “showing up” and listening to your characters. Well I did that. I got back into Lily’s story. I put myself in her ballet flats. Felt her pain. Her frustration. Her despair. And I listened. At first Lily’s voice was quiet. Barely audible.  Just a hint of a different idea.

Dragon or No Dragon, You Have To Show Up

For those of you who have not been drinking. What? Sassy, you know for a fact that is NOT what I said. (Sassy is my voice recognition Dragon.) I distinctly said “for those of you who have not met my Dragon.” And I was going to go on to say that she, Sassy, has been

Four Fabulous Finds For Beginning (your novel) Brilliantly

Last week I wrote three beginnings to my WIP Lily’s Song. If you read my blog posts, you’ll know that the idea was to Begin Brilliantly. I did some research on what the experts have to say on the topic. This is what I learned. Finding advice for brilliant beginnings is fairly easy. Following said advice?

Begin Brilliantly Assignment #3

If you have read the other two beginnings, you’re probably thinking they sound like completely different stories. The tricky part with beginnings, is where to actually begin. In this one, Lily is already at her grandmother’s house. We don’t see the accident that kills her mother and we don’t see the school altercation that prompts her father

How to Save Yourself from a Truckload of Rewriting

There are as many different ways to go about writing a novel, as there are writers. Everyone has to find his own style, his own voice, his own rhythm. And it doesn’t happen overnight. Still, when I think back to how I first faced that blank notepad with no idea how or where to begin,