3 Things I’ve Learned From Writing

Writing is hard. Trying to churn out words to form a plot, characters, and other worlds is draining. It’s not as easy as some think. Doesn’t it just annoy you when people say things like, “You just write don’t you? It’s not that hard,” or, “All you have to do is name people and give them things to do.”

That last one was said to me personally and left me feeling dumbfounded.  Writing is so much more than that. It’s making a character into a real person. Giving him or her feelings, quirks, making them jump off the page till you can believe that they really lived, or leave your heart aching because deep down you know they didn’t.

Writing is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything, because the euphoria of creating a world, people, a whole novel that is completely my own is something I would never trade for anything. *except maybe the library from Beauty and the Beast* 

Today, I want to share with you three things that I’ve learned on my journey. And I hope that it inspires and helps you whatever road you’re on.

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When I was twelve years old, due to life circumstances, I had to stop writing. What followed was the hardest four years of my life, till I was sixteen and took up writing again.

For the two years that followed, I dabbled in writing, starting many stories, but never finishing one. Then in 2015 I found the One Year Adventure Novel. That curriculum brought back my joy of writing and in 2016 I finished my novella retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I went to workshops, met authors and publishers and read writing books. I visited favorite blogs like Tessa Emily Hall’s, reading her posts over and over again.
Then, on August 23, 2017 I finished my first novel. I finished a story, my story. I had setbacks, eight years of them, but I pushed through even when it hurt, when things seemed unsure.

Writing has taught me to persevere, always, to never give up on that dream. Because, as Bilbo so fondly said, “the road goes ever on and on,” and none of us can see what’s ahead.


I had LuLu print the final results. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to hold hard copies of your books……or put them on your head. 


Time Management

Time doesn’t stand still for anyone, so managing it well is important. Maybe you have lots of time, and don’t have to worry about not having time to write.

I’m not one of those people.

I have work, commitments, and am cursed with human limitations by He Who Must Not Be Named. When I was in high school, I realized that if I wanted to write (which in and of itself is time consuming) I would have to make a schedule, and stick to it.

Writing has taught me to have a schedule and stick to it to the best of my ability. Having a set time ensures that in the craziness of life, I have a chance to escape it.

Practice Makes Progress

I know the common saying is “practice makes perfect,” but nobody is ever perfect, neither can they achieve doing something perfectly, especially in the field of writing. Everything I’ve learned from workshops, blog posts, and books has helped me to improve my writing. I’ve noticed and so have others. The more you write, the better you will be.


Write on,


Talk bro,
What have you learned from writing?

The Month of January

Here we are. January is over, the first month of the new year over and gone. I don’t know about you but I’m glad January is over. It was a rough month in more ways than one–the main reason being that I had my wisdom teeth out last Friday, and I spent the majority of the month dreading that.
As the doctor’s assistants were getting me ready, they asked what I wanted to do, and I said write. The female nurse smiled real big, and exclaimed, “Wow! You may be famous one day!” To that I don’t remember responding since they had already started the aesthesia and I went under. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when people say that, especially strangers, but I blame that on my shy, introverted self. On bad writing days I just remember that a stranger thinks I can do it, and that gives me confidence.

January also had its good things. I attended the OYAN Winter Workshop (you can read my blog post on that here). I had a blast seeing Nadine again, and hearing Jenn Bailey speak.
I have no pictures, but my little corner of Louisiana got its second snowfall of this winter. That’s right, the second. Though this was mainly ice, and the road in front of my house was a solid sheet of it. My brothers and I watched 18- wheelers back up a hill rather than continue down the highway. They even had police cars out slowing down the traffic. Thankfully, no one was hurt outside our house. But I can now write about ice because I’ve experienced it. 😊


The World of Writing

Inspired by my friend Addison, I began trying to write a poem a day. I bought a special journal, and I have loved the feeling of cracking it open and writing. Some days I’m not able to write, especially this past week with my surgery, but I still feel it’s teaching me commitment and to write every day.

In my novel, I did no writing. I wanted some time away from it after coming home from the workshop. And then, horror of horrors, my computer crashed. Everything was safely backed up by Carbonite, but it was still scary.



I didn’t finish any books In January, which is very sad.


So how about you? How was your January?


The Eyes of E’veria by Serena Chase

Looking for something to read?

Something different?

It is my joy to tell you about the Eyes of E’veria by Serena Chase.

Based loosely on fairy tales, you will enjoy and love these books just as much as I do. Once you read them, you are hooked.

These are wonderfully crafted stories–you will fall in love with the characters and the world of E’veria.  It’s a world you will never want to leave or end. Serena does such a good job of blending fantasy, love, adventure, and a relationship with God in a seamless flow that blends to make a well crafted story.

I first came across this series in January of this year and after reading all three within four weeks, discovered that I would have to wait late summer to finish reading Cazien and Erielle’s story.

By Cobeld’s beard and by the fiery breathe of Briggan Roo, I would have to wait. Such dread.

The empty months stretched so I re-read the first three books.

But now, The Sunken Realm is released. I have read it, and now I’m re-reading The Seahorse Legacy so I can move right on through and re-read (yes, read again) The Sunken Realm.

Read them for yourself. You will love them.



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