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

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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Teaching Kids to Have Fun While Blogging

Now that the summer is coming to a close and the kids are returning to school, I am beginning to feel that old familiar itch to scratch my pen on lined paper. With about two weeks left in my summer, there are only sixteen more fun facts about me to post, which turns out to be the… Continue reading Teaching Kids to Have Fun While Blogging