I took the last few weeks off from weekly blog posts because I was working hard on draft four of Daughter of Sorcery. And now it's done! I sent it off to a potential publisher a few days ago, and I sent it to a few more alpha readers too. I'm really proud of how … Continue reading Writing Update
When you’re editing a paper for school, you check for spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and citation accuracy. When you’re editing a 400-page book, you do that too (minus citations, probably), but not until you’ve done a TON of other edits. First you consider plot arcs, character arcs, world building, emotional impact, tension, pacing, believability, etc. … Continue reading What does my editing process look like?
I have three stories in various stages, so I’ll give a brief update on each. Cloudborn A land split down the middle: one side forest and shadow, the other sun and field. Each side fears and despises the other, but their magics are meant to balance each other. Raesh’s sister was murdered by a man … Continue reading What stage of the writing process am I in?
When I tell people I’ve written a book, a common question I get asked is, “When is it getting published?” To which I want to respond, “It’s complicated.” First, you shouldn’t write a book and immediately publish it. It probably isn’t very good. Even if you’ve already written and published twenty books, your first draft … Continue reading When is it getting published?
"When do we get to read it?" is one of the most common questions I'm asked about my writing. Last week I shared some of my flash fiction with you, but this week I'm sharing something closer to my heart: the first chapter of my current project. Daughter of Sorcery is a young adult fantasy … Continue reading Daughter of Sorcery
I don’t share my writing very often. I should probably start doing that, if I want to become a professional writer. So here’s a start. Every other month, a friend of mine on IG hosts a flash fiction contest. It’s a week-long, themed contest with three chances to write stories of 200 words or less. … Continue reading Flash Fiction
The last year and a half has been crazy for everyone. A lot has happened in my life and with my writing during that time, which many of you might not know about, so here’s an update! (If you want more book-related updates, I'm starting a list for a future newsletter, so feel free to … Continue reading Life Updates
"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back?" ~ Frodo Baggins I have been learning recently about the need for breaking good habits. More specifically, about the need to be constantly conscious of which … Continue reading Threads of an Old Life
I’ve been writing for a long time. Since before I could physically write, in fact. My first book was called Bilbo Baggins Meets His Friends. I did the illustrations, and my mom wrote my dictated words. Bilbo and his friends have some crazy hats, for some reason that I no longer understand. Then came my … Continue reading Fairy Tale Retellings and Pantsing
If you're here for the Heartmender review, read on. If you're here for Kelly's life updates, just scroll down a bit! Heartmender Review Narnia meets Dante’s Inferno in this Christian-inspired YA fantasy by V. Romas Burton 4 out of 5 stars Meet Adelaide Tye, an outcast girl who will do anything to save her brother, … Continue reading Heartmender and Life Updates