Crystal and Flint, Family Binds, The Journey Missions, Writing Tips

Personality Tests and Characterization

Have you ever taken a personality test? They are one of my side interests and I’ve spent countless hours taking them and researching the different personality types. It really helps me to understand how different people take in information and interact with the world. My favorite resource for this is 16 Personalities which follows the… Continue reading Personality Tests and Characterization

Crystal and Flint, My writing journey, Writing Tips

How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

I was preparing to speak at a career day a few months ago and was trying to pull together a visual to use to show just how much work goes into getting a book ready for publication. In digging through all the printed drafts I had, I stumbled upon the very first draft for Crystal… Continue reading How a Story Changes: A Look Back at the First Draft of Crystal and Flint

Family Binds, My writing journey, Updates

Oh hey there, remember me

I do this to myself every year. Every December, while I'm still riding high off of my nano win in November, I make a plan for what I want to accomplish the next year, complete with deadlines. Deadlines that I end up not being able to meet once the new year starts. This year is… Continue reading Oh hey there, remember me

The Journey Missions

Musical Inspiration

Music is a big part of my writing process. I like to use music to help me get in the right emotional state for a certain scene or to help describe relationships between characters. I find that music can help me understand my characters and stories much better than I can on my own. Sometimes… Continue reading Musical Inspiration

My writing journey

The Emotional Toll of Being a Writer

My goal with this blog, beside providing some helpful tips about writing and publishing, it is be as honest as possible about my journey as writer and what it takes to get a story from idea, to draft, to finished product. So with that in mind, here comes a middle of the week unscheduled post.… Continue reading The Emotional Toll of Being a Writer