Writing my first novel

Writing Catalog:

Davey’s Birth Story

This is my second child’s birth story. Ever since the beginning she has been compared to her older sister. Before she was born, we already knew it was not going to be a natural birth, like her older sister, but a c-section. Davey was very comfortable in a (breached) seated position, so we scheduled a… Continue reading Davey’s Birth Story

The Sunflower Journals

As I grew sunflowers…I learned lessons,I grew in patience and gratitude.These are my 2020 Sunflower Journal entries. The broken sunflower. Snapped, or something.In an instant—gone.Nowhere to be seen.And it won’t grow back,so I’m forced to say goodbye. The sunflower sisters. Growing together,in the same soil.Under the same sun,they look over each otheralways and forever.This love… Continue reading The Sunflower Journals

Character Desire

As I aspire to develop my characters further and write more words in my novel, I took the time to develop each character’s desire. That has shown to be a driving force in creating conflict, so it has proven to be helpful as I try to continue writing all the words. Here are some of… Continue reading Character Desire

Character Sketch

Start Writing Fiction | Week 5 Character Sketch Assignment: Choose one of the methods below, one which is least familiar to you, one you have never tried before: Imagine a character very like you but give them a dramatic external alteration. You might make the character the opposite sex, for example, or make them significantly… Continue reading Character Sketch

Poetry Submissions

I was inspired when I saw a writing contest on Instagram hosted by @thewritingkingdom The criteria for the poetry category was: write a poem about grief, loss, or/and sadness. I definitely have a few of those in my writing collection, so it was a blast to pull them out and bring them to life again… Continue reading Poetry Submissions

Meet the Men Characters

Writing a story with male characters is an ongoing development as a female author. My main characters are female [mother & daughter] but their stories are told with and about the men in their lives too. Here is a glimpse of their character development. Mr. Smith – This is Mia’s English teacher who really pushes… Continue reading Meet the Men Characters

Meet the Main Characters

A single mother, Mandy, and teenage daughter, Mia, are separately fighting for attention from the men in their lives. They have a traumatic past, and Mandy’s alcoholism brings them to a place of ultimatums as a broken family. Mandy is a single 30 year old mother who spends her days drinking and dating multiple men.… Continue reading Meet the Main Characters

1000 word story

Start Writing Fiction | Week 8 It’s the last week of the course! This story was my final assignment, and I received feedback on it from other people in the class. I sat at the first table in the study section of the library, waiting for my new tutor to show up. Mom said he… Continue reading 1000 word story

Building a new character

Start Writing Fiction | Week 6 This week’s coursework, from the online course listed above, brought the opportunity to build one of my main characters more on paper. There is still room for growth, but it gave me a great start. Physical/biological: age, height, size, state of health, assets, flaws, sexuality, gait, voice. Mia is… Continue reading Building a new character

Challenging expectations

Start Writing Fiction | Week 5 Note: this is an exercise for the online course, listed above. Some material may be inappropriate for younger ages, I have rated it PG-13 due to sex talk. “You can’t just–give in and have sex with any guy–ever!” My mom went through her whole hand motion routine too, as… Continue reading Challenging expectations


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