Explore Life with the Writer and Get Support from Your New Editor

Whether you are here to contemplate life through writing, or to find support for your own book, you have come to the right place. I am a writer, teacher, and editor, and this blog is a place to dissect the craft of writing and explore the revealed life we find on our writing journeys.

I currently offer developmental editing as well as book coaching, priced to be accessible to all writers and budgets. Developmental editing can help you align the plot, character, theme, and style of your book into a clear and compelling whole. Book coaching is focused on supporting you on each step of your draft or revision, offering regular video calls, clear feedback on your latest writing, and relevant writing principles. For over seven years, my tutoring and teaching has focused on helping others find and articulate the core of their stories, and I have loved continuing this work as an editor.

So come and dive in. Explore pieces of encouragement, articles on the craft, thoughts on the nature of life in my own evolving novels, and even an editor to stand by you in your own writing journey.

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More than Half

I am a half-moon,
a Medusa.

I am half-beauty, half-terror.
half-shining, half-dark,

half-quiet,
half-screams.

But like the moon,
I hold
both halves.

I see the sunshine
beside the snakes
and find my wholeness
through patience

with halves.

It is not the perfect routine, the perfect word count, the perfect control, that leads to happy days. Life is not a piece of clockwork to be fixed–it is a dance. So if you truly want happiness, try dancing with the moment.

Not every day will feel like this day. Let each moment change. Breathe through the unbearable and patiently love the uniqueness of yourself within this day.

Outlining Methods Part 3: The Promise of Plot Points

In part one and two of this series, we’ve explored methods of finding and capturing inspiration as you build an outline or refocus your draft. This final step is simply putting that inspiration together into concrete events that you can anticipate and work towards. Whether you are a plotter or a pantser, this step is a fantastic way to maintain your drive and vision as you begin drafting. Continue reading “Outlining Methods Part 3: The Promise of Plot Points”

Outlining Methods Part 2: Finding Both Your “Big” and “Little” Story

In my last post, I showed how outlining is an important tool for plotters and pantsers alike, and explored my first outlining method: Capturing Inspiration. Immersive images and music can help you remember what made you love this book idea, even when you’re in the trenches of drafting. Now, let’s move on to the next two components. While Pinterest and playlists bring the “feel” of a book, these next two components bring to life what makes a book truly worth writing. Continue reading “Outlining Methods Part 2: Finding Both Your “Big” and “Little” Story”

Outlining Methods Part 1: The Myth of Plotter Vs. Pantser, and What That Means for Your Next Book

It took me some time to claim my love of outlining. I had a close friend whose greatest epiphany was that she was a pantser (a writer who finds her greatest creativity when she skips the outline and goes straight to writing). Hearing her whoop with each outline she tossed overboard convinced me that outlining was a creativity-draining force of evil. Imagine my surprise when, years later, I had my friend’s same epiphany–except backwards. I realized I found my greatest creativity by starting with an outline. I was a plotter.

Now, this may be sparking a thought for you–to outline, or not to outline, that is the question. But before we get too existential, let’s take a step back. As I’ve talked with other writers who identify as pantsers or plotters I’ve seen that these terms have brought up a false dichotomy. In reality, we all benefit from doing some of both. Continue reading “Outlining Methods Part 1: The Myth of Plotter Vs. Pantser, and What That Means for Your Next Book”

Did you listen to them? Arro asked wildly. Did you . . . eat?

Soal hid her face on the pallet. Tears spilled onto the cloth, and she clutched herself, as if that would keep the memories from spilling out, too. A million memories rose at her throat like a word that wished to be spoken. A million memories of blue-lit voices, tender, flickering hands, and a vision of the home they–and she–had been severed from.

And in that instant, something cold came over her. She could not let Arro see these memories. She would not.

I paced the room, my phone pressed to my ear. My hands trembled, but I wasn’t crying–yet. I had just learned that I would have to revise my manuscript in four weeks–four–if I wanted to submit it to Pitch Wars.

Somehow, I had thought that I could take the extra month before mentees were announced to complete revisions. But no, my sheepish friend pointed out. If a mentor was interested, they would request a manuscript. If I was serious about the contest, I needed to have a cohesive manuscript. And I needed it now. Continue reading “Revising Soal: Lessons Learned”

Fairy Tale Mulch

They weren’t written,
they grew.

Grimm
simply
matched the grimace
that had
colonized
his land.

Grimm
simply
put his hand
to the pulse
of the maid,
the mother,
the crone,

Grimm
simply
strode
through the
mud
of trodden-over grief,
splintered wills,
and hollowed out hearts

and found,
beneath,
something as gnarled
and fierce
and bony
and strong

as the twisted
roots
of the Oak
that Survives.

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