Tag: Writing

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6 Ways I’m Keeping My Head Screwed On in August

Happy First Monday of August, friends! When I settled in my writing nook to compose this post, I had Anne Shirley’s quote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” running through my head…except I mentally replaced “Octobers” with “Augusts.” Not that August is my favorite month. It’s actually my least favorite, haha. But I’m trying–I’m really trying, y’all–to keep my upper … Read More 6 Ways I’m Keeping My Head Screwed On in August

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Hey-Howdy-Hey, I’m Back!!!

(*waves enthusiastically*) Hi, guys!!! How’s everybody doing? We survived the first half of a year that feels like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by an airplane! WE ARE CHAMPIONS! As much as I love blogging, I have to say: I really needed that break. The first few weeks of June were a bit touch-and-go as far as Real Life was … Read More Hey-Howdy-Hey, I’m Back!!!

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5 Lessons from Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. If April 2020 had gone the way we’d planned, I would’ve had two whole trips–one of them solo–under my belt already. But alas, the Virus That Shall Not … Read More 5 Lessons from Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

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Exciting Writing Updates + A Tag!

I know I didn’t update the blog last Monday, but between my Good Friday post and a mile-long list of things to do, I just needed a short break. Last week was full of significant writing accomplishments, though, including 1) mailing my book proposal to a new publisher, 2) submitting my first query letter to a literary agent, and 3) reaching my Camp NaNoWriMo word … Read More Exciting Writing Updates + A Tag!

Week #1 As A 28-Year-Old Lady

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. Well, dudes and dudettes…I am officially a 28-year-old lady 😉 My birthday rolled around last Tuesday, and since my dad’s birthday also falls the day before mine, … Read More Week #1 As A 28-Year-Old Lady

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The “Never Have I Ever” Writing Tag

Katie, author of the fantastically-named blog I Am Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read), sent me this fun writing tag a few weeks ago! Tags are always a good idea (especially when you’ve been super-busy with fanfic-, article-, and novel-writing), and this one offers a peek into my life (and history) as a writer! So without further ado… Never have I ever . … Read More The “Never Have I Ever” Writing Tag

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10 Things That Make Me Happy: A Tag

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning that I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through my links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. Amelie of Swordmaiden of the King sent me this tag back in November, and now I’m finally getting to it! With a busy weekend … Read More 10 Things That Make Me Happy: A Tag

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ANNOUNCING: My very own newsletter!

I’ve been teasing this on my blog and my Twitter account for several weeks now, but at last, after lots of preparation, nervous jitters, and prayer, I can finally reveal the Big Thing… The Wordsmithery, a monthly newsletter from A Writer’s Tale! If you had asked me a year ago if I’d ever start a newsletter, I would’ve been quite taken aback. It’s not … Read More ANNOUNCING: My very own newsletter!

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The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

“Every writer should make an effort to attend writers’ conferences,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Boy howdy, were they right!  Caroline (of Cosmos and a Cuppa) and I set out with her husband Daniel and their 15-month-old on Tuesday morning, bound for the Art of Writing Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I go any further with this story, allow me to say … Read More The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

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Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

First, the News! As my readers know, I’ve been preparing my book proposal for Operation Lionhearted (the title I finally decided upon!), and it’s about 80% complete. When I got to the section about marketing and promotion, however, I stalled. Me? Marketing myself and my book?! How is one supposed to even do that without coming off as a snake-oil salesman?! Clearly, I needed … Read More Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

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Poll: What Should I Name My Novel?

As y’all know, I’m working hard on the book proposal for my novel–and as of today, I’m near the 50% mark! It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned so much! But today I’m asking my readers to help me make an important decision: what will the final title of this book be?

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How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it “independent/indie publishing” rather than “self-publishing.” It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I’ve been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted–and I must say, each side has some pretty compelling arguments.