We’ve reached Week 2 of Writer in Motion! My goal this last week was to take a fresh look at my short story and edit it. I had a few goals: Fix the tense to be consistent throughout. Rewrite any weird phrases or things that didn’t belong. Give my character a last name and fill… Continue reading Writer In Motion Season 4: The Self-Edited Draft
It’s everyone’s favorite week of Writer in Motion, the messy first draft! And once again, the prompt has inspired me to step outside my usual genres of fantasy and romance to write horror. Though, there are definitely some splashes of fantasy here too. My thoughts on this draft are at the end, and I’d love… Continue reading Writer In Motion Season 4: The First Draft
Writer in Motion (WIM) season 4 is here! This multi-week event follows writers as they take a short story from prompt to polished. The idea is to show the entire creative process from the formation of the idea to the final draft, and all the messiness in between. I’ve participated in the first three seasons,… Continue reading Writer in Motion Season 4: Prompt First Impressions
I’ve been working with some of my dear writer friends and critique partners to finalize and launch something that we’ve been working on for quite a while: Portal World Publishing (PWP), your gateway to quality genre fiction! We’re combing our talents to bring you exciting stories whether you’re looking for a new perspective on earth,… Continue reading Introducing: Portal World Publishing
I’m thrilled to let you all know that my adult fantasy romance, Ilya’s Gambit, has been acquired by City Owl Press and will be coming your way in 2023! This book has had such a long journey already. The characters sprung to life in my head over ten years ago. I kept thinking about them,… Continue reading Ilya’s Gambit – Coming from City Owl Press in 2023!
It’s official! My debut, Second Star to the Left, is coming soon from City Owl Press! I can’t wait for you all to read this magical, romantic adventure centering Tinker Bell and Captain Hook, in an adult retelling of Peter Pan that’s far from the Neverland you know! For a longer description, be sure to… Continue reading Second Star to the Left – Coming Soon from City Owl Press!
Hello, Sweetheart All week I’ve waited for the chance to see you once more. To hear your voice or feel the brush of your fingers on mine. It’s the one thing I long for, the rainbow of joy in the endless grey of my life. Old leaves crunch under my boots as I trudge along… Continue reading Writer in Motion Round 3: The final draft
This week, for Writer in Motion, we focused on revising our short stories based on feedback from critique partners (CPs). I was lucky enough to have three incredible writers read my story and send me their thoughts, everything from small line edits to bigger comments on reader immersion, flow, clarity, etc. Big shout out to… Continue reading Writer in Motion Round 3: Revisions based on CP feedback
It’s week two of Writer in Motion. This week’s goal is to self-edit and revise the first draft of the short story we wrote last week. If you missed it, you can read my unedited first draft here. Before I reveal the revised story, I want to take you through my process. Step 1: Read… Continue reading Writer in Motion Round 3: The self-edited draft
For the first week of Writer in Motion, we receive the prompt image (above) and then write a completely un-edited first draft of a short story based solely on the prompt. Any genre, age group, format, etc. is allowed. I blogged about my initial reactions previously. You can check those out here. This prompt took… Continue reading Writer in Motion Round 3: The first draft