My Writing Journey: An Update

My life as a writer has been crazy since I last posted, but I thought I’d step away from the first draft of my next book to update readers about this phase of my writing journey. When speaking with my agent in early February, we discussed a series anchored by the manuscript she held in her hands. I was given several options as we …

I HAVE AN AGENT!

Last April, I made writing a priority in my life.  My goal is to be a published author, and I’ve taken another step on this journey by accepting representation by a literary agent.  Though there’s much work to be done, I thought I’d continue to share what I learn along the way.  In this post, I reflect on …

Importance of Writers Groups

As I mentioned in a previous post, I joined a writers group in October (2016).  I missed four of our weekly meetings due to the holidays.  During my absence, I was inspired to write a series of short stories for a collection I’m calling 12 Gifts.  Each story highlights a different service organization, informing readers of specific needs in the community and inspiring …

Story Quilts

Last year, my daughter’s fifth grade reading class was assigned a historical fiction quilt project.  Impressed with this assignment, I immediately started brainstorming how this project could be modified, specifically for younger readers.  My daughters love to read.  They often like to write stories and draw pictures.  If you know kids like mine, this could …

Notecards for Novels

As I mentioned in a previous post, I pitched a book at the ACFW Conference in August.  In preparation for meetings with editors and agents during that weekend, I filled a spiral-bound book of index cards with important details about the manuscript.  The book was small and lightweight, occupying little space in my bag.  Though …

ACFW First Impressions Contest Results

Earlier this fall, I submitted the first five pages of my most recent manuscript for young adults to the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest. As I entered this contest for the second year, I was not expecting to win or even be named a Finalist for that matter.  My goal was to earn higher scores this …

Writing and Waiting

This time last year, I had finished my first manuscript. A friend encouraged me to submit the first five pages to the 2015 ACFW First Impressions Contest.  I followed her advice and entered my writing to be judged by three industry professionals.  I had worked hard to revise the piece to the best of my …

What’s Your Superpower?

As students in our school district geared up for Homecoming, our middle school organized Spirit Week. One day they dressed up in clothing from a specific decade. The next day they wore crazy hats. On the third day, their costumes were inspired by a favorite Disney character. They wore school colors on Friday to show …