My Plans for Once a Stratton

My Plans for Once a Stratton

I think I’ve talked a little bit about my plans for Once a Stratton – I’m never very tight-lipped with y’all! – but I’ve never gone into detail about what to expect in the next couple months and years.

So … today I’d like to write a post briefly explaining my plans and goals for the novel. And I know I’ve talked about this project a lot (well, one blog post‘s worth!), but I’m super excited about it! And when I’m excited, I ramble! (To state the obvious, hehe.)

I’ll also be asking for beta/alpha readers soon (kinda combining them this time around because I need speed!), so that’s exciting! But for now, let’s talk about my plans!

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May 2018 Dares

May 2018 Dares

*blinks* Okay, so, April was … pretty crazy? And I only half-survived it, but I’m here, and I’m better, and it’s all good. *two thumbs up*

‘m still reeling a bit from April (five days into May, I know, it’s hard to adjust!). So making plans for May feels distant. Combined with the fact that it’s my last month of school … wowza.

Let’s just not think about May for a few hundred words and recap what happened in April. Because maybe if I can think about what happened I can figure out process it all. *shudders*

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Finale!

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And today’s the day when it all ends! *can’t believe it* *is again a little teary* Time for wrapping up all the posts, for announcing the giveaway winners … and for taking a break!

At Her Fingertips is officially out in the world. It’s been published on quite a few sales channels – including Barnes & Nobles, Apple, and Kobo – which you can view here.

Honestly, I’m almost at a loss as to what I’ll do now that it’s all over! I’ve been so stressed and yet excited about this for months and months … and now it’s over. And yet it’s such a relief, too!

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 1

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ANNNNDDDDDD … IT’S HERE! *insert excited wild crazy screaming* At Her Fingertips is now live on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback format!

Whoa … *takes a deep breath* I’m actually getting a little emotional here! This is my favorite book that I’ve written so far, and I can’t believe it’s out there. I can’t wait for you to read it!

You can buy yourself a copy on Amazon, wait for other sales channels (hopefully appearing over the week), or order a signed paperback copy here. Now, on to the blog tour!

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Finalizing Tour Details and Proofreading

Finalizing Tour Details and Proofreading

Only fifteen days until At Her Fingertips releases. Am I nervous? No, not at all! Why would you ask such a silly question?

Okay, I’ll admit I’m a little scared. Partially because of the fact that people will be able to purchase my baby … and partially because I have a lot to do in that short amount of time. *hyperventilates a little*

Today I’ll be sharing some details about the blog tour schedule with you as well as pictures of my proof copy & talking about that process. (In case you’re still interested, you can still sign up for the blog tour until Monday.)

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How to Push Through a First Draft

How to Push Through a First Draft

I think we’ve already established that writing a first draft can be hard. There is beauty in it … but also great danger.* Okay, “great evil” may be overdoing it, but it’s definitely very difficult.

The first draft is the point at which most authors give up on their story. They just stop writing, and another set of characters, another world, another plot dies.**

So how can you keep your novels breathing in their tender first draft stage?

*This is your cue to leave because I cannot be serious today for some reason.

**I am being so dramatic today, helllllp.

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Five Reasons You Should Outline

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Outlining is time-consuming. If you do it in any depth, it’s pretty difficult … but is it worth it? Why not just skip the extra step completely and move on to the actual writing – that’s what you’re here for, after all, isn’t it?

In this post, I’ll be “outlining” (couldn’t resist) my top ten reasons why I think you should outline before you ever consider writing your book.

Now before we go any further, a disclaimer: this post is unashamedly pro-plotter. However, I do understand that pantsing works for some people very well. This post is about why you should outline … but if it doesn’t end up applying to you after you’ve done some experimenting, go and plot no more!

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AAWC: Challenge #6 (Finale!)

Today it’s time for the sixth and final in a series of writing challenges in the Ardent Author’s Writing Challenge, hosted by Zielle at My Homeschool Notebook.

As I’ve said before, this is the final challenge … and though it’s nice to see a conclusion to something like this (as well as my story for this particular challenge, The Marvelous Machine), I will miss it! (This entry is gonna be a wacky one, by the way.)

Team Forest is in second place, and this round offers some major point boosters, so we can definitely fix this! Write, write, write!

Team Forest

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February 2018 Dares

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Guess what? It’s already the last day of January! Isn’t that beyond unbelievable? Why, I remember December 31st like it was yesterday. *ripple dissolve*

Seriously, though, folks. I’m excited for February!* I don’t have a lot of great plans for the month, but I’m glad to be starting anew. A lot of things about January didn’t turn out the way I’d planned, so … yep. New beginnings are good!

But … don’t get me wrong! There were good – great – things about January. Let’s review them now!

*as excited for the rain-and-clouds month as one can possibly be …

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Writing About Children

What I've Learned from Writing About Children

Just the other day, I was scrolling through social media, and I saw a post mentioning that it’s very hard to write children. I skimmed past quickly. It’s not fun to be the only one not in pain.

Because … to me, writing children is not hard. In fact, it’s a lot easier than writing adults!* To me, children hold the true wisdom of the world. Love, faith, innocence, joy, simplicity … all the good things in life!

The world spoils them eventually (or rather sin nature? Honestly, I’m not sure, but it does happen), but until then …? Well, I say write about them as much as possible! How? Well, here are some Dos and Don’ts!

*this may be because I’m extremely immature I have a young heart.

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