Adventures in France & Italy

Wow has the year flown by. Life became super busy about mid-year, and my blog unfortunately fell out of the loop. No worries, I’ll stay up to date from now on. Maybe I’ll even be good and start writing content ahead of time and scheduling them out (ha! I’m funny). Check out my next blog…

Jane Friedman’s “Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis”

If you haven’t heard of Jane Friedman, you need to look her up ASAP. She’s a celebrated person within the literary agency. Earlier this year at the San Francisco Writers Conference, I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon where she was a keynote speaker. Plenty of words of wisdom from this amazing woman. So…

Tatiana White’s “Hand Me Down Heroes or Progression?”

I’m just going to share this link for your reading enjoyment and to hopefully, inspire many POC authors and readers to create and demand diverse stories readers can relate to. Growing up, I read many, many stories featuring white characters. And yes, I enjoyed them. And had no problems with reading about them. These were stories,…

First Line Test: Fiction Part 3

For this First Line Test Part 3, we’re covering some novels that were on the Fiction featured shelf at Barnes & Noble. Just a recap on why we’re even looking a these first lines: to help you discover what first lines work, which ones don’t, possible ways to improve, etc. It’s about growing as a writer…

Word Porn: Author Unknown

Word Porn’s Facebook page is on a roll. I’ve been reposting and sharing their quotes because they find just the right ones that connect to my soul. Ya know, that squishy, make believe part of you that makes you lightheaded and expels the air from your lungs when something profound connects with it? Yep. That…

When Agents Submit to Editors

Ever wondered what happens after an agent chooses to represent you? Fuse Literary recently released a blog post titled An Agent’s View of the Submission Process. This awesome blogpost details out the agent’s journey when readying and pitching your manuscript to editors. This article provides some excellent insights. Check it out in the link below: An Agent’s View…

WoW Part 2: Finding Your Agent PIC

  When we finish a manuscript, it’s so easy to want to jump right in and start querying for an agent. But take a pause and do the most important thing first: CELEBRATE! You, you beautiful writer, just freaking created a whole new life, a whole new world. What’s on your screen, in your hands, printed in…

Plotting Away

Take a break. After you finish your story. In-between drafts. Take a month or more to let your creative juices regenerate. Have you heard this? I have…and I hated it whenever I heard it. But alas…it is true. The benefits? Well for one, you forget your story, and when you do come back to work…

Discovering Aurora: Draft 2 Complete!

Can I get a hallelujah?! Draft 2 of Discovering Aurora has just been completed. Beta readers are receiving their word docs to review for me and beta editors are scouring my text with a fine toothed comb 🙂 Every time I see this story, I just want to dance and giggle. I’m so excited to continue…

Hitting A Milestone

Wow! It’s been awhile. When I said I was dedicating myself to creating a blog, I probably only meant it just…kind of. Haha. What can I say? My time has been consumed with writing my story.  So my previous goal of August 31st completion was not met. A new goal of September 31st has been…

Movie Find: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Took a little break today from writing and discovered a sweet movie. If you have time over the weekend, dedicate two hours to join Hector on an amazing life journey in the pursuit of happiness. Synopsis: Disillusioned with the tedium of his existence, psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) confesses to his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) that he feels he…