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Habits, Routine, Process, Wellness

Happy October, everyone! October is my favorite month of the year– at least, it is when I slow down enough to notice the crisp fall weather (a bit warm here, this year), enjoy the tastes and scents of fall food, and snuggle into my warmer clothes. It’s also a month when I look closely at my own habits, routines and wellness procedures to make sure that everything I’ve put in place during... read more

The Writing House: A Reflection on Blogs, Readers, and Connections

The Story of the Writing House Imagine you own a beautiful house. You’ve built this house from scratch, designed it with the intention to be welcoming. Every week, you add something new to your house: something inspiring, entertaining, or useful. You invite people to visit your house. You hope that they’ll return, week after week, to see the new things you’ve added. You begin to form... read more

What A Writer Does Over Summer Vacation

I went on vacation this past week, and for the first time in years, I didn’t plan to write anything. That in itself is a personal triumph: I’ve finally understood that I need to stop working occasionally, and I need my own permission to do so. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and sometimes I require a total reboot. But just as one is still a mother when her children aren’t... read more

Looking For Beta-Readers

Hello, dear readers! This week, I finished the third draft of my novel, The Loss of Our Mothers, set during the Great Blizzard of 1888. Which means that I am now looking for beta-readers. Hey, Leanne, what are beta-readers? Beta-readers volunteer to read a manuscript between drafts. The book is complete, but still in progress. My favorite things about being a beta reader are: You get a sneak peek at an... read more

Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

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