Original Work, Writing

1st Place Prize

I am so happy to announce that I have won the Sadie Tells Stories Flash Fiction Contest. The theme was magic with a max of 500 words. Creating an entire world of magic with compelling characters in only 500 words was a real challenge, but I am very happy where the story ended up. You… Continue reading 1st Place Prize

Book Review, Writing

Little Women: A Book Review of the Classic Novel

Little Women is a classic for a reason. It has been on my to read list for years, especially since I adore the movie. Fierce Jo, sweet Beth, beautiful Meg, and refined Amy. These four girls captured my heart in the film and they did even more so in the book (which is really no… Continue reading Little Women: A Book Review of the Classic Novel

Prompts, WordSmith Musings, Writing

Writing Prompt #19

It was a dark and stormy night. She was thrilled. This was her favorite kind of weather. It was the sunny days you had to watch out for. She shivered at the thought. Interested in getting your short story published? Submit your short story from this prompt using my contacts page and have a chance… Continue reading Writing Prompt #19

Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, Writing

How to Write Thrilling Suspense Into Your Novel

Suspense is one of the best ways to keep your readers hooked...but poorly done suspense can make your story fall flat or become way too predictable. Follow these five tips to write exciting and thrilling stories.

WordSmith Musings, Writing

Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

Ally Carter is a fantastic author who has written some of my favorite series. I longed to be a Gallagher Girl or travel to Embassy Row or maybe even try stealing my own Monet (kidding). Still, she knows how to weave a story together, creating suspense and thrills within each novel and throughout the whole… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

WordSmith Musings, Writing

Author Spotlight: Brandon Sanderson

In many ways, Sanderson has reawakened in me a love for epic fantasy and storytelling in general. He has weaved a Cosmere that is fascinating, complicated, magical, and truly mesmerizing. His characters are full of life and vigor. Trust me, you will quickly be sucked into his worlds.