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These novels are all completed but not yet published. They’re “Coming Soon.”
Yep, I’m a writer.
I have spent my life as “Amy” to friends and family, various nicknames my big sister concocted throughout our childhood (yes, I answer to Gamer and Amos), “Mom” to my children, Mrs. Isaman to my students, and any number of endearments to my husband, but now, I’m choosing.
At this mid-life point in life, I’m making changes, so here it is . . . I am, Amy Isaman, Writer and Designer.
I used to spend my days in high school teaching freshman English which can be either highly rewarding and entertaining, or horribly grueling and depressing depending on the day – think Shakespeare + fifteen year-olds. I also taught juniors and seniors, Creative Writing and AP Psychology – super fun classes.
Now, I spend my days writing my stories and designing websites for the most amazing clients. I life my life enmeshed in creativity. And I LOVE it.
It took a bit to get back to writing which I abandoned after a particularly horrible creative writing class in college, but I did get there. So far, I have completed one historical fiction novel, The Overlander’s Daughter, a young adult mystery, #Killing It, and a contemporary women’s adventure called The Tarot Cipher, though at this point, none are published. That WILL be changing soon.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."Maya Angelou
I’m a writing teacher, too.
Sometimes we need a little prompt to get our writing juices flowing. Or, we need a little writing challenge to improve our skills or get us thinking about story in a new way. Try one of these prompts to get yourself fired up and writing.
Need help on developing your story? You can find help on everything from developing your characters, building a setting, to crafting a compelling plot. Anything and everything to improve your writing in bite-sized pieces.
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My Musings on Writing and my Journey Through Life
This blog also has all of the posts from Where Teens Write, a site for teen writers that I used to run.
This summer, I started reading the wildly popular Game of Thrones in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin yet again. I've started it two other times but never could get into the story. This time, I stuck with it and am finally enjoying it, but it...read more
Have you ever been reading a story and found it bogged down in tedious detail or flowery and irrelevant descriptions? You want to get back to the characters and the action, so you skim through pages of detailed descriptions, maybe even skip a page or two until...read more
Starting a new story or novel is one of the most exciting parts of writing...and also one of the most challenging. There's so much to think about: How to "hook" your reader? Where or when does your story start? What characters should be on the first page? These are...read more
I've been hard at work on my latest novel and am enjoying getting the characters developed and on the page. I always have a pretty good grasp on my characters by the time I start writing because I definitely fall into the category of "planner" when it comes to writing...read more
Every now and again on this blog, I feel pulled to venture into inspirational waters (perhaps even philosophical) and today is one of those days. Why? Because the whole idea of "worry," mostly about what others think, has come up several times in conversations with...read more
Congratulations - you typed the final word of a story that you've been slaving over for days, weeks, or maybe even months. You've overcome distractions...You've ignored Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest (or whatever your favorite online distraction may be)...You've...read more