Category Archives: writing life

Kill Your Darlings

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I’m designing some things here and there, mostly just for the fun of it. I thought this would be a fun and handy reminder for all my writer friends out there. Sometimes it sucks, but we occasionally have to kill our darlings to improve our craft.


ICYMI March Newsletter Update

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I’ve got some great updates and giveaways for you in today’s newsletter. Either click the picture above to go read it, or simply click HERE.


Launching the Murphy Family Mysteries Series

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I know I’ve been a little bit off the radar for a while, but I’ve got lots of updates coming down the pipes for you guys! My major project for this year is getting Frost published by Inkshares. To do that, we’ve got to get 750 pre-orders by December 31, 2018. With the amazing people in my street team, plus the support of my friends and family, I’m SURE we can make it happen.

I’d appreciate any shares you’re willing to give via Thunderclap, guys! Help me spread the word. More news for you soon!


NaNoWriMo 2017 | Day 1

You can check out one of my favorite NaNoWriMo tools from Writer’s Digest at the link below!

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Roald Dahl On Readers | Quote of the Day 10/30/17

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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2017

That’s right, I’m doing it again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is right around the corner, and I’ve committed to doing it again this year. I’m taking a short break from my Otherworld Trilogy to start my Murphy Family Mysteries series. So, what book am I doing this year?

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This will be the first of many mysteries for the zany but endearing Murphy family. I’m not letting myself do a whole lot of over-planning for this one. I’m trying to short-circuit my perfectionist tendencies that usually make me bog down in my writing. This year, I intend to make steady progress and have an extremely rough draft to work from by November 30.

What tools do I have in my arsenal for this November? Here’s a short list:

  • LOTS OF COFFEE
  • A Basic Idea of Where the Story Is Going
  • The 5KWPH App/Technique Developed by Chris Fox
  • My Bullet Journal/Planner
  • Pens
  • Papers
  • Notebooks
  • Supportive Family & Friends Who Will Hold Me Accountable Via Our Facebook Group
  • My Awesome Word Count Widget In the Sidebar of My Blog! →
  • My Fantastic Blogging Community
  • Some New ADHD Management Techniques I Learned from Overcoming Distractions by David A. Greenwood
  • My Amazing Friend Lacey At The Creative Kitchen & Her YouTube Channel (Daily Check-Ins Are Totally Going to Happen)
  • My Trusty, Well-Worn Copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence
  • Did I mention COFFEE?

Well, that’s about all I have for you guys right now! 🙂 Stay tuned for all the NaNoWriMo shenanigans!

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I'm a Writer's Digest Affiliate Now!

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I’m really excited about this news, you guys! I absolutely LOVE Writer’s Digest products, and I use them all the time. When I get my own YouTube Channel set up, you’ll see me reviewing them there pretty regularly. So, this is me just giving you a heads-up that I may now make some revenue if you choose to click certain Writer’s Digest links you find on my blog!

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I’m a Writer’s Digest Affiliate Now!

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I’m really excited about this news, you guys! I absolutely LOVE Writer’s Digest products, and I use them all the time. When I get my own YouTube Channel set up, you’ll see me reviewing them there pretty regularly. So, this is me just giving you a heads-up that I may now make some revenue if you choose to click certain Writer’s Digest links you find on my blog!

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Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 3

 


Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 2

 


Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 1

Here’s the video from my first writing workshop hosted at The Creative Kitchen in Bay Minette! HUGE shout-out to the owner, Lacey Collier, for working with me and hosting my events!


Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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