Friday Fiction: A Short About Reincarnation & Love (and in need of feedback)

I’ve been researching the idea of reincarnation lately. I’m not exactly sure why this particular concept has been stuck in my brain for several weeks, but it has. I’m in between books right now, having begun a new manuscript, but not sure where that one’s going, and the idea of reincarnation—a love story about reincarnation—keeps… Read More Friday Fiction: A Short About Reincarnation & Love (and in need of feedback)

New: Monday Podcasts on Steph’s Scribe to Kick Off Our Writing for 2020

Hello there, writers, readers, and friends! I hope everyone is having a good start to 2020. As life is busy and hectic and crazy, and as sometimes we just want to listen to something instead of read something, I thought I’d add a new feature to Steph’s Scribe with a weekly Monday podcast. Whether it’s… Read More New: Monday Podcasts on Steph’s Scribe to Kick Off Our Writing for 2020

Writing Tip: Making Your Characters and Dialogue Realistic

*** Yesterday on Instagram, a fellow writer I follow who follows me back asked for input from other writers. Her question was this: How do you write authentic characters, and then how do you make them sound convincing in dialogue? As someone who has written three fiction books and teaches the subject of writing, I… Read More Writing Tip: Making Your Characters and Dialogue Realistic

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

The students in both sections of my Magazine Writing classes can tell attest to what we worked on this week: (1) writing description and detail, (2) storytelling, and (3) finding your voice in your writing. I think about these three things constantly when I write, and as you read in my previous post about being… Read More Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

Handling the Insecurities of Publishing A Novel

*** It’s a challenging endeavor. I’ve done it twice now with fiction, and twice with nonfiction books. And I’m about to do it again when I release my latest, third fictional novel. There will always be anxieties that manifest themselves into insecurities about putting our work out there. The tendency to feel nervous about it… Read More Handling the Insecurities of Publishing A Novel

Friday Fiction | She Said, I Know What It’s Like To Be Dead

If you love the classic story of A Christmas Carol featuring Ebenezer Scrooge like I do, I hope you’ll be amused by today’s Friday Fiction. I honestly can’t remember the last time I posted a short piece of fiction. I haven’t written flash fiction is so long. Today, I’ve attempted to write a short fictional… Read More Friday Fiction | She Said, I Know What It’s Like To Be Dead

That Magic Moment When It All Clicks—Writing A New Novel

*** Here’s how this story goes… I published Beneath the Mimosa Tree in 2012. Baseball Girl followed three years later, and this week I am celebrating it’s one-year anniversary as it launched last March 6. At the time I began writing my first novel, I had simultaneously started writing another bit of fiction. When I… Read More That Magic Moment When It All Clicks—Writing A New Novel