These 30 quotes on race and justice are invitations to think. I do not ask for anything else. Just sit,… Read more 30 Quotes on Race and Justice
𝕀 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕘𝕠𝕒𝕝𝕤, 𝕒𝕟𝕪𝕨𝕒𝕪. Specifically, these are writing goals during the pandemic that I’m working toward. Despite COVID-19, quarantine, bouts… Read more Writing Goals during the Pandemic
Dear Samantha at 20, I’m sitting here 10 years from now thinking of you. I know 2010 is a hard… Read more Samantha at 20
This is a season when despair is in easy grasp. Which is why I’m giving you a quarantine challenge this… Read more Quarantine Challenge
Yes, this is a blog about sunshine and depression. Because it’s Mental Health Awareness month, and I deeply care about… Read more Sunshine and Depression
Cue the collective groans. Writer’s block can be horrible, and I’ve been fighting it all year. So, this week’s blog… Read more 5 Tips for Fighting Writer’s Block
Friends! I’m excited to announce a book giveaway. COVID-19 is a bummer, but some cool things have happened during this… Read more Book Giveaway!
If you’re a writer, you know what I mean. There’s a great idea floating around in your head, but- you’re… Read more Working with Writing Muses
Yup, I’m gonna be the next one to talk about coronavirus. I’m gonna keep it simple, though. And I have… Read more Coronavirus
Fear and anger are quick poisons. And it is a wonder that humankind keeps going back to them as a… Read more Fear & Anger
I’m a big believer in saying what you mean. I come from a culture that prioritizes saving-face and uses passive-aggression… Read more If we’re being honest
It’s been a while since I went behind the scenes. And for this week, I want to dive into writing… Read more Writing the Book: Frankenstein & the Phoenix
Surprise! I’m writing a three-part guest blog called the Imago Dei series. It’s in collaboration with Tianna Yentzer at Yours… Read more Imago Dei series
There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping, especially for authors. Our written work is a kind… Read more Word Harvest
I think a lot of people are deep in thought today. And the link between story and connection couldn’t be… Read more The Link Between Story and Connection
Ok, some of my influences and muses are pretty well known. Others, not so much. Simple as it sounds, I… Read more Influences and Muses
I’m so excited to announce that I now offer copywriting and editing services! It feels so good to finally share… Read more Copywriting and Editing Services
This year, I’m starting off with an apology and a vision to share. Not because I have committed mortal sin,… Read more An Apology and a Vision
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! I took a hiatus last week to fully enjoy the holiday… Read more Happy New Year
I’m switching things up this week. Get pumped for my Christmas Market poem about running a booth! With things being… Read more Christmas Market poem
Receiving edits is hard. Which is why this week’s post is about tips for working with editors. Did you know… Read more Tips for Working with Editors
Of course your story belongs to you. But that’s different from owning your story. That requires more than copyright. You… Read more Owning Your Story
Yup. Here I am, looking at the decade of 30. Next Sunday is my birthday and the start of two… Read more Looking at the decade of 30
I’m not immune to stress. Which is I want to have some real talk about dealing with overwhelm in this… Read more Real Talk: Dealing with Overwhelm
I get it. Writing history into fiction is a super cool idea. But, there’s a tiny problem. How do I… Read more Writing History into Fiction
I think I have a problem. While in the heat of NaNoWriMo, I also made a podcast series called, “The… Read more The Blood Dealer Podcast
Oh friends, what have I done? I agreed to do the NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge. Oh dear. What’s NanoWriMo, you… Read more The NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge
Some surprises you can kind of see coming. Others hit you out of nowhere. Don’t be afraid of them. Let the unexpected surprise you. See it all as an opportunity.
By collecting words and stringing them together into story tapestries, I am sending out love. As love compels me to collect quotes, it also pulls me to pouring out that love into writing. Friend, I write to reach your heart. Wherever that might be. Because you deserve it.
Our bodies may not live forever, but our souls can. Our words can. So if you find yourself grieving, tell a story. Let someone else share in those moments of love. Keep their memory alive. Share the hope you have.
I often notice how my frustration affects my writing. Like a distorted camera lens, my thoughts become warped. I can’t quite focus. What I write is never quite right in my mind. The internal compass of my mind starts to lose course.
It’s really important to make good thought habits. Not just to get the writing done, but to do it with the right mindset for success. And while there’s a lot of advice out there about the hyper-specific how-to’s, I want to give teen writers (and you) something they might not immediately think about.
Whether you let it all burst out or stay frozen, the big thing that drives us when we’re upset is fear. We speak too much or stay silent.
Your fear will make you doubt. I’m here to tell you that you’ll succeed even if it becomes something different. Be open to where the journey takes you.
You can do it. It’s worth the effort. And don’t overcomplicate what needs to just be done. I believe in you.
Any passion project takes time and is mostly made of small but important moments. They feel ordinary and without much glamor. I promise you, what’s done well day-to-day makes the bigger things better and easier to do.