Reflections From a Castle Tower

Reflections From a Castle Tower

Yes. That’s where I stayed for several days last week. In a castle. In Colorado. With a room at the top of the tallest tower featuring floor-to-way-over-my-head arched windows. Officially, I was chaperoning a group of middle school writers and teaching them about plotting fabulous stories. Unofficially, I was dreaming up stories of my own and soaking up the inspiration. During the day, I was busy from dawn until dark staying ahead of giggling, energetic

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

I hear voices. I wish they were just the characters of my latest work-in-progress clamoring to share their opinions about a recent plot twist. But, no. Lately I’ve been hearing the voices of doubt and confusion and guilt to the point they’re blocking out the true voices of faith, wisdom, and peace. While I’m still learning to listen, I’m also quieting the noise so I can think. The source of all this mental turmoil is

Six Writing Lessons From Crochet

Six Writing Lessons From Crochet

I’ve been editing a novel…which also means I’ve been procrastinating. And in the disguise of looking like I’m actually doing something, I picked up an unfinished crochet project. Not anything especially fancy like a delicate baby afghan for a niece, but rather one whose sole purpose was to use up extra yarn and provide another warm throw to use while watching television or a movie on the couch. Or even better, while reading a book.

Meet My Critique Partner Laura Hilton

Meet My Critique Partner Laura Hilton

Longtime readers of my blog may have an inkling of how long I’ve been on this writing journey, but here’s a quick recap. I started writing in 2005, beginning with non-fiction articles and two book manuscripts before turning my attention to fiction. My first attempt at a novel in 2008 was truly awful but the rewrite in 2009 actually went on to be Runner-Up in ACFW’s Genesis contest. That same year I started blogging…and connected

Writing As Warfare To Push Back the Darkness

Writing As Warfare To Push Back the Darkness

  Earlier this year, an agent made a few predictions about the writing industry in 2017 and triggered a great debate about the future of Christian fiction. In a Facebook group I’m a part of, Mary Weber, author of the Storm Siren series, hammered back at the questions with the truth that Christian fiction will continue as long as there are Christians who write. She eloquently stated that we use our writing as warfare. That

Paralyzing Procrastination

Paralyzing Procrastination

So much to do and so little time. And what do I do? Almost nothing, except sit around guilt-ridden for how little has gotten done in the last month. (Please tell me someone out there can relate to this paralyzing procrastination!) This year started out with such high hopes. My list of goal projects was ambitious but certainly doable, especially since I had discovered a new plan that would help me get the main things

I Won NaNoWriMo, But Would I Do It Again?

I Won NaNoWriMo, But Would I Do It Again?

Well, I did it. I survived National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and along with thousands of other crazy writers, I attempted to write 50,000 words of a new book in the month of November. Actually, my personal goal was to capitalize on the momentum and accountability to jump start the fast draft of this book and then finish it up by mid-December. By 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, I finished writing chapter 18 (of 23 on

Maintaining The Gift

Maintaining The Gift

“The gift is from God. My job is maintenance and delivery.” I honestly can’t remember where I heard this statement but I do remember thinking how truly profound it was. I added the sentiment to the memos in my phone and every time I scroll through looking for that nugget to use in the current work-in-progress, I’m reminded again that I am still developing the gift of writing in my own life. First, I truly

Writing Solo or With a Partner – The Story of With

Writing Solo or With a Partner – The Story of With

I’ve been writing for a long time now and have published a half-dozen books including my last two novels. But the only name you’ll see on the cover is mine. Which might lead one to believe that I’m writing solo. Except that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, whenever I sit down at the computer to write, I’m not alone. I’ve asked God to be my writing partner. To give me inspiration to solve tricky

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

  Turtle power really works. In case you’re wondering, about four weeks ago, I blogged about being behind on word count and waiting for time to sprint and romp happily through the last half of a story when such time was hard to come by. Turtle power became my way to reach the dream of crossing the finish line. So even though it was summer time and I could sleep in or start my day