The Writer's Life

Beta Readers are Essential

When you look up the definition of beta readers online, you get a plethora of information, such as this one from Oxford Languages: “a person who reads a work of fiction before it is published in order to mark errors and suggest improvements, typically without receiving payment.” Or this one from Wikipedia: “A beta reader… Continue reading Beta Readers are Essential

The Writer's Life

The Road to Publication… So Far!

As I reflect on 2022, I’m also reflecting on the last 13 years I have committed to the writing journey.  I took writing seriously in 2009 and hashed out my second novel (first on the road to publication) during a NaNoWriMo challenge that year. Shortly after, I started a blog which later became this website.… Continue reading The Road to Publication… So Far!

The Writer's Life

Writers Are Poor… But, We Don’t Have To Be!

It is a sad truth. Writers are poor. As a profession, we are asked to prove ourselves by donating our works. We are told that there is no money in writing, and we believe them! We are forced into careers that do not align with our passions just so we can bring home an income to support our families... CLICK TO READ MORE!

The Writer's Life

In the Throws of Edits

Every novelist will tell you that writing a book is the easy part. Editing it is the pits. When an author takes their own imagination and free writes their book without a scripted outline or any idea of where they are going, the story flows like jagged rocks tumbling down a mountainside and crashing into… Continue reading In the Throws of Edits

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A New Look!

While reaching for a glass, I pondered on where I should begin to write. Do I start the edits of my novels? Or should I write another article? I turned the faucet on and clear liquid swished through the tight cylinder; splashing against a stainless steel basin. I placed my cup under the spout and… Continue reading A New Look!

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Miracles and Gifts

I am certain by now that you have noticed my silence.  There were many things that I wanted to write about, but all of which required me to pen this letter to you, my dearest readers.  I must admit that guilt kept me from writing you.  I started this blog as a journey through my… Continue reading Miracles and Gifts

The Writer's Life

Moving Forward Through the Holidays

As I look forward to the holiday season, I have reflected on this past year and my accomplishments. I landed a new job that was on my dream board, attended a writer’s retreat, began writing in the second book of my series, secured a website for said series, and met with a photographer to start… Continue reading Moving Forward Through the Holidays