How to Create a Basic Novel Outline

Outlining…some of us love it…some hate it. I admit, I fall into the “I love outlines” category, but I’ve had plenty of students who sit down, write their piece, and then go back to fill out the requisite outline. If you’re one of...

Blog Break

Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not.  Maybe that’s what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week...

Draft #1 – Done!!

A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question “How long does it take you to finish a draft?” My first gut reaction answer to that question was “F-O-R-E-V-E-R,” but sadly, I couldn’t...

Cool Tool to Organize your Writing

I’m the girl who would rather go into an Office Max or The Container Store than the shoe department at Nordstroms. I love any little doo-dads that might make my life a little easier. I like to be organized; I’m not a neat freak, just organized. This past...

I’m still a WIP

1) My blog – I finally updated the “about me” page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that’s okay. It needs to grow with me. It’s now titled, “Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life.” In reviewing the...

I’m Free (from an outline that is)

I’m at the point in my story where I’m no longer glued to my outline.  I’ve got about 15,000 words left to go, and I’m finally FREE.  I know some of you are probably thinking that I’m almost done, so really, am I free from my outline? The answer is clear to me. Yes. I...

Tying Up Loose Ends

Last week, I got inspired to create a denim soccer quilt for my daughter.  She made the varsity squad as a Freshman, and her team made the 3A state playoffs.  I had a pattern that I bought probably twelve years ago, and I had all the denim, so I decided I could whip...

Six Benefits of Writer’s Block

I’ve been suffering from writer’s block, that hideous stuck feeling when I sit down to write.  Yesterday morning, I finally broke through it, but during my week of being stuck, I spent some time thinking about the benefits of writer’s block. There must be some reason...

5 Reasons to Write a Character Sketch

1)      You get to have true schizophrenic moments and hear voices in your head without a need for medication or institutionalization.  Its odd how, when you begin to really develop a character, they talk to you.  I can literally see them in my mind’s eye, and we...

Starting in the Middle

I’ve been surprised over the past few weeks how this project is coming together, kind of piecemeal, not all orderly like I approach most of my life.  I am a list maker, an outliner, a planner.  My kids tease me that “Mom, it’s okay not to ‘have a plan’ for the day,”...

Just . . . Keep . . . Writing

I’ve read lots of books on writing over the years, but I’ve always read them from a teacher’s perspective ie. how can I use these ideas to help improve my student’s writing?  Now that I’ve begun writing, they’ve taken on a whole new meaning.  I have to improve my...

OMG! I’m writing a novel . . .

For the last six years or so of my life, I’ve known that I wanted to do something different career wise than teach high school students (my current J-O-B).  My big goal in life was always to be a college professor – think the wise old owl in Winnie the Pooh. So when I...