Update: What on Earth is Going on With My 1st Book?

It never fails: I’m supposed to be working on research for school and my mind wanders. This time, like many other times, it wandered back to my manuscript – on which I’ve ceased queries, because I’d grown tired. It wasn’t so much the rejections as the story itself; if I wasn’t excited about it anymore, … More Update: What on Earth is Going on With My 1st Book?

Writing Prompt #9

Show & (not) Tell. This is a fun game to play when I’m writing or editing. (Okay, maybe not exactly fun, but definitely interesting and often a challenge.) I’m taking a Fiction Writing Workshop class online through my degree program, and this week we’ve broached the “show, don’t tell” subject. This is something I will happily … More Writing Prompt #9

Writing Prompt #7

Think of one or two of your favorite songs and look up the original music video. Let it play and write/narrate the story that goes along with it. Take the liberty to incorporate your own characters (or even yourself). Do it for fun!   xo -NS

Writing Prompt #3

It’s the middle of the night. You just let your dog outside to do his business in the snow because he could not wait until morning… and he locks you out of the house in a t-shirt and skivvies. Yes, you have neighbors. One of them is throwing a party around a bonfire and though … More Writing Prompt #3

5 Simple Reasons You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference

My first real conference as a self-identified writer was the Atlanta Writing Workshop on February 20, 2016. It was only a few hours’ drive from home, so I booked a room in the same hotel hosting the conference and took my family down to Atlanta for the weekend. I had no idea what to expect … More 5 Simple Reasons You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference

The Rejection Letter Every New Author Should Want

Ahh, rejection letters – a necessary evil. They’re part of the sometimes grueling process of querying/submitting work for publication. (Some people are exceptionally talented right off the bat and/or really lucky.) As you know, I’m seeking representation for my very first novel, Bloodfire. I have been working on this thing for years. I spent two … More The Rejection Letter Every New Author Should Want