My short story, Crystal Ball, was recently reprinted on the blog of a fellow Georgia writer. Exploring Expression is a site that promotes learning and growth through the art of expression. Check it out!
What began as a 10-minute writing exercise has turned into a great opportunity for my first non-fiction piece. “Colors of My Memories” was originally published on the Life in 10 Minutes website in March 2016. I was later notified that it was selected for print publication in the 9 Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology. Chop Suey Books in Richmond, VA is the publisher. After a long wait, the anthology is finally available for pre-order! The cover looks sweet and I can’t wait to get my copy in print!
I’m very pleased to update that my short fiction piece, “My Father’s Darkness” was chosen as the second place finalist in the short fiction competition hosted by Dean Charlton’s From The Horse’s Mouth web magazine. The story can be found in the February 2017 issue.
There is an amazing Facebook group of writers called the Fiction Writers Group [FWG] that hosted a call for holiday-themed drabbles (100 words). I’m pleased to be one of the contributors to the anthology, All I Want for Christmas… which can be found on Amazon. My piece, “Predictable Treasures” is a nonfiction reflection of childhood Christmas gifts.
My flash fiction piece, “Mother’s Dresses” was published online at Spider Road Press’ website today. This piece was also named Honorable Mention in their 2016 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction prize. It is also scheduled to release in their annual print anthology in late 2017. This is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve written!
I’m so excited to update that my first poetry publication is in print! I was a contributor with “More Portions than Chairs” to Marfa House’s holiday anthology, The Magic of the Seasons, which can be found here on Amazon. The poem is a free verse piece that is very dear to me, as it is based on my late mother.
It’s the end of October again and National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] is on the horizon. Writers from all over the world have the opportunity to network with other writers or go solo in tackling the challenge of writing 50,000 words during the month of November. Word counters and charts on the website serve as tools to keep writers inspired, motivated, and accountable.
I’ve told myself for a number of years that I would participate, but an excuse always weasels to interference. I did participate for about a week in 2013, but my progress was halted when I decided to apply for my MFA in Writing, thus devoting myself to the application package. I also participated in 2015 because the challenge matched up with my Literary Novel class (although it poured into December too and hasn’t amassed 20k words yet). Today, I have far more writing knowledge and skill under my belt and even some published short stories to help spur my confidence. The challenge is only four days away and I haven’t decided or committed myself to participation yet. Studies, kids, health issues… I’m making excuses again, aren’t I?
For those who are committed to participating, here are a few good resources to check out for tips on completing the challenge.
- 10 Tips on How to Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel
- NaNoWriMo Prep: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days
- Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo
- and this exhaustive list, NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Read Two Years’ Worth of Advice in a Single Post
Every writer is different and utilizes different approaches, writing/editing styles, and techniques for translating their mental stories into words. For many writers, it takes a combination of many different components. Stephenie Meyer abandoned the linear approach and wrote scenes she felt most interested in at the time, regardless of their place in the plot. The biggest goal is to produce words–no matter how messy or inconsistent they may be–for the purpose of a first draft. Drafts can be edited, but there is no draft to edit if we do not first take the plunge and write.