A Writer’s Life

Welcome 2019

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in A Writer's Life | 0 comments

Welcome 2019

Photo by Oscar Keys on Unsplash 2018 was a year of drought and doubt for me. Things started out so well. I had so many goals and plans and dreams, and for once I seemed to be on track to accomplish them. Then I began to doubt myself, to get so wrapped up in the littlest of problems that I lost the ability to write. I could barely scrape up the words for a Facebook post, let alone write more stories, or even publish something here on my blog. I spent the rest of the year wondering if I would ever write again. Then, sometime in mid-December, I began to reconnect with the reasons I started...

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Goal Tracking with a Bullet Journal

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in A Writer's Life | 0 comments

Goal Tracking with a Bullet Journal

As I mentioned in my previous post, the main reason I started using a bullet journal was to help me reach some pretty important goals this year, and it has been with my goal tracking pages that I’ve had the greatest success so far. So I thought I’d share some of those pages with you. This is the first goal page I set up: Quilt blocks make awesome tracker designs.   It’s meant to be an overview of the different areas I want to work on this year. I love quilting and, after a bit of experimentation, discovered one of my favorite star patterns worked perfectly for this...

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Adventures in Bullet Journaling

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in A Writer's Life | 2 comments

Adventures in Bullet Journaling

This year I decided I am going to hit some major goals. But in order to do that, I have to get myself organized. For the past month and a half I’ve been trying to do exactly that. Over the years I’ve tried various and sundry planning methods, with differing levels of success. What I finally figured out is that there is no pre-made system that works for me. So this year I decided to finally jump on the bullet journal (or bujo, as it is also known) bandwagon.   What exactly is a bullet journal? The best explanation can be found here. However, the bottom line is that a bullet...

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Improving Your Story’s Setting with a Floor Plan

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in A Writer's Life, How to write, research | 0 comments

Improving Your Story’s Setting with a Floor Plan

Chances are, at some point in your story, your characters will spend some time in a building, and that means you need a map of that building, aka, a floor plan. Why Do I Need a Floor Plan? There are three main reasons why you should draw out your floor plans and not just keep them in your head: consistency, realism, and efficiency. 1. Consistency: don’t get lost in your own setting. Have you ever written something like this? “She woke up with the dawn’s light filling her bedroom” and then a few pages later: “From her bed she watched the sun set, then turned her...

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10 Great Reasons to Read

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in A Writer's Life | 0 comments

10 Great Reasons to Read

  Last Sunday I was chatting with one of my readers about The Slow Trail Home. She pulled out this bookmark that listed ten reasons to read. She wanted me to have it, she said, because, for her, reading my stories fulfilled a good portion of the reasons listed. She specifically mentioned #1, #2, #4, #7, and #8. Unfortunately, there’s no author on the bookmark, so I can’t give credit where credit is due. However, here is the list:   10 Great Reasons To Read Read to understand the past. Read to explore your world. Read to plan for your future. Read to visit new places....

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Fresh Input for More Output

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in A Writer's Life, Books | 0 comments

Fresh Input for More Output

By the time I finally get a book published, I’m tired of writing. All writing (which unfortunately includes blog posts, hence my irregular updates here). No, after dumping 150,000+ words out of my head, what I want and need is input. So about a month ago I started devouring fresh books. At first it was light and easy stuff, such as trying to find a new middle grade series for my daughter to read. Tried The Beyonders, Fablehaven, and The Unwanteds, but wasn’t impressed with any of those. The only one we enjoyed was the Keeper of the Lost Cities series (or what’s out so far)....

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