Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is our traditional family Thanksgiving and this year my husband was blessed with a matching sweater that says, “Gobble until you wobble!” I had to include another holiday so that we show up to family events matching. Christmas always includes our matching ugly sweaters. We arrived at my parents late last night after IContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!”

NaNoWriMo Month

How is everybody doing out there during the month of NaNoWriMo? Mine is off to a slow start and I’ve been taking a much needed break because of all the events that I’ve been involved in this year. During my quiet week I had one of those moments when you’re driving in your car andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Month”

Day #1 of NaNoWriMo

There’s an hour before the first day of NaNoWriMo is over and I’m busy typing away because I didn’t want to miss getting in some writing. Yes, I’m counting blogging as writing because it’s what I can do at the moment. My fingers are sticky and stinging because I had some hot glue misses. I’veContinue reading “Day #1 of NaNoWriMo”

Day #31: Happy Halloween

Congratulations! You made it through 31 days of Preptober and our final day is here on Halloween. So treat your story to a free day to tweak away. Add the elements you need, take out the extras you don’t need. The choice is yours on the final day. Take a look at all the piecesContinue reading “Day #31: Happy Halloween”

Day #30: Subtraction Day

Sunday is here and I’m heading to day #2 of my Fall Bonanza craft sale event in Minnesota. I think I had icicles hanging off my nose on the artificial turf of the Woodbury Sports Center. My guess is they rely on body heat of athletes playing sports instead of stationary handmade artists. No matterContinue reading “Day #30: Subtraction Day”

Day #29: Addition Day

Saturday is here and I’m huddled under my coat in a sports area with hundreds of other crafters and artists. In the middle of talking to the dazed and excited event goers I’m sitting and typing in a few words for my blog because Preptober must go on and it’s almost the end. Yesterday, youContinue reading “Day #29: Addition Day”

Day #28: Interview Your Characters

We only have 4 more days to go and Preptober will be over! One thing that I like to do to help development story is Interview my characters. I find that this exercise helps me get out of my own head and ask the tough questions. Pretending that I’m an entertainment reporter helps me stepContinue reading “Day #28: Interview Your Characters”

Day #27: Review

After your free day is the vision of your story there yet? We’re only a few days away from filling all the blank pages of our book. At this point, the structure of your story should be in place, your chapters should be started, and you should feel good about the twists and turns ofContinue reading “Day #27: Review”

Day #26: Free Day

Are your hands and fingers tired from filling in all those plot holes for the past few days? Feel like you could use a reward before the end of Preptober because of your dedication? During a monthly challenge I build in days that keep us working on your prompts but that give our brains aContinue reading “Day #26: Free Day”

Day #25: Plot Hole Day #2

Monday is over and I hope yesterday helped your story plot along. However, when it comes to editing or making changes I know that it can take a longer amount of time to do. Making one change may set off a series of changes that go back to the beginning of your novel. Understanding thatContinue reading “Day #25: Plot Hole Day #2”

Day #24: Plot Hole Day

I’m driving through the streets in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and trying not to feel down about the leaves that fell into the street after a windy day. More of the bright reds, oranges, and yellows were stripped from the trees and I’m bracing for the cold. To my horror, the white stuff hasContinue reading “Day #24: Plot Hole Day”

Day #23: Untwist

This weekend was a small creative burst filled with fake moss, pine cones, and make-believe fairy bottles. The story I’m going to write next month is coming along. I used the process I’m sharing a few times but the novel that I wanted to write always felt like there was something missing. When that happensContinue reading “Day #23: Untwist”