When does the story end? #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

Several months ago, I came across a blog that asked this question: "Epilogues do we need them?" In the blog, the author went on to say . . . "Romance novels have a very strict structure. Depending on the romance publisher, the prescribed format can be even stricter. The general rule is that once the [...]

Step away from the computer . . . #writing #amwriting #family #author #blessings

For this month's Wednesday Blessing, I'm reflecting on time. In the last several months, I've grown accustomed to one thing: sitting in front of my computer for more hours of the day than I wanted. I supposed wanted is the wrong word, because in all honesty, wanted implies that I had no choice in the [...]

Glitz, Glamour, and . . . Fuzzy Pants? #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

I've often seen a Facebook meme about the life of an author. What I think I do, what my mom thinks I do, what society thinks I do, what I want to do, and what I really do. While it's a pretty comical little picture, I don't think people realize how much of it is [...]

When your Passion becomes your Vice #writing #amwriting #mom #mommy #author

It all started out innocently enough. Of course, don't all things start out that way? We never mean to do the harm we eventually end up doing, right? We never actively pursue the quest to hurt a friend or family member. Sometimes we see it coming, but that's after we've started. And yet, sometimes we [...]

Write Drunk, Edit Sober #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems #author

We've all been there...well, at least I have, and I have to say, if you haven't been, then I bow down to your awesomeness. No seriously, if you, as a writer, have never had this (see video below...it's less than 2 minutes and hilarious) exact moment, you are extremely lucky. It's no secret that for most writers, [...]

“No Print for You!” #writing #amwriting #publishing #writertips #writerproblems

We've hear the news before---Death to Print Books, Print books are dying thanks to popularity of the eBook---etc, etc, etc. Search around on the internet about this very topic and you'll find hundreds of blogs and articles about whether or not the print book is a dying art-form. But who is right? Who will win the battle [...]

Stumbling into Our Dreams #writing #amwriting #author #writerslife

Have you ever had something bad happen that turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to you? The dream that emerged when the dust settled and you're left with nothing, but the thoughts that had the worst not happened, you wouldn't be now living in your best? I have. Psalm 112:4, [...]

Has the stigma changed? #writing #amwriting #publishing #writerslife #writerproblems

As a member of a bunch of different Facebook groups, I've been noticing a trend in posts. Not the ones advertised by other authors, but whenever a writer posts a question or remark about the debate of traditional publishing and self publishing. Because of the comments I've seen, I'm starting to wonder if the stigma of which is [...]

~finding courage to show your dreams~ #writing #amwriting #writerslife

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” ~ Erma Bombeck Well isn't that the truth. I received an email from my publisher yesterday explaining that I should have my exact release date and final cover for my novel by the middle of December. Of course, the news is exciting, [...]

Declining a Publishing Contract #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

As writers trying to find agents and publishers for our novels receiving those emails with the "Congratulations" and "We would like to publish your manuscript" is like winning the lottery. We dream of it day and night - the dream of signing the contract and holding our books in our hands or seeing them on our [...]