Category: Thoughts on Writing

How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, a deadline screaming in your ear? Or been in the middle of a story, essay, or assignment and wondered how to get out of the dead spot in the middle? Here are a few…

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It is a time when writers all over the world spend thirty days writing a full-length novel of 50,000 words or more. This year, I’ve decided to join the ranks. Have you?

Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two…

Story Types: Novellas

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories:…

Story Types: Short Stories

A question I have been asked of late is, how does the industry define various story lengths? Or, perhaps more specifically, other than a novel, what types of story writing are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface,…

Indie Author Day

Next Saturday, October 8, 2016, is Indie Author Day. Libraries across the nation will host events related to authors who publish through small independent presses and self-publishing. Besides local events, at 1 pm Central, library communities will be able to participate in a digital…

Conversations with Wisconsin Artists Interview

Last week, I was interviewed by Rex Owens during Conversations with Wisconsin Artists on Sun Prairie’s KSUN 103.5.  The hour long program airs twice a month and features people with a variety of artistic expertise. During my interview, I spoke about what inspired me to write my fist…

Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

The past few weeks, I’ve been doing research on genres. Specifically the difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. All of these are often found under the greater umbrella of crime fiction, but lately, mysteries have come to stand on their own. Thrillers can also…

Peaks and Valleys

Rejection can be incredibly painful. In the writing world, it can sometimes be even more so. Our written words come from inside of us, the story we tell, and having it rejected or critiqued is like purposefully baring our souls to the lash.

Choices Amid the Trees: a short story

Choices. Like Ali Montgomery, I had a choice to make: do I dare step out of my comfort zone? Do I republish one of my short stories? Yes, I dared, but you’ll have to read “Choices Amid the Trees” to see what choices Ali…

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