There Is No Time Like November

Do you have a story you want to tell but you have no idea where to begin? NaNoWriMo this November is the perfect time to get that story out of your imagination and onto paper! And I want to help you be successful in not only finally starting your story, but writing 50,000 words of it in just 30 days.

Have coffee with me every Monday morning in October at 10am and where I will share a crash course on how I prepare for NaNoWriMo. These 4 brief prep sessions will tackle…
Week 1: Why – Theme & Premise
Week 2: Who, When, & Where – Character, Backstory, & Location
Week 3: What – Plot
Week 4: How – Pull It All Together

The world needs your story, and there is no time like November to write it!

I have prepared for National Novel Writing Month and succeeded in writing at least 50,000 words just in the month of November every year I have participated since 2013. The first draft of all three of my published novels – The Keeper, The Varken, and Polarity – were written during NaNoWriMo!

Prep Sessions will be livestreamed on my Facebook page and then uploaded to Instagram.

The Creative Way

Where do I even begin?

This month, I took a deep dive into The Creative Way, a storytelling course by my favorite author, Ted Dekker. I was so excited to finally be able to take it as it has been offered once a year for the past two years and I was never able to afford it. This year, however, thanks to my parents and Millie, I was able to sign up and get my books! I am beyond grateful to the support I recieved from my family in taking this course and it has had an invaluable impact on me already.

The big thing about this course that makes it so powerful and unique is that it is not a writing course – it is a storytelling course. It is entirely about the art of story, and not just any story, but what Ted calls transformative fiction. I have long loved his definition of what a good story is, and The Creative Way really pushed me deep into the full meaning of story.

Story is a series of events involving worthy characters who are transformed as a result of those events.

He broke this definition down and specified each part of it even more in the course, but the main focus was on the word Transformed.Read More »