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Write a Story With Me!

Hey everyone, it’s been ages since I’ve written anything on the blog. Takes a minute to blow off the cobwebs. I’ve been concentrating more on writing long-form things. Such as creating The Appalachian Terror Trail and working on that short story anthology. And just last week I finished the rewrite of Blood Roses and Honeysuckles, which was an incredible relief, let me tell you. I was afraid I would never be able to say “The End.” Of course now I’ll be going back and working on editing, editing editing…



Tonight, I wanted to start a possible series, you’ll have to tell me if you’d want to do that. This is all about writing a short story with me. Not everyone enjoys writing  a short story, but in my opinion, it’s a great way to stretch your writing muscles. You have a very confined space to tell the tale. There’s not a lot of wiggle room. It’s an interesting challenge and a lot of fun if you give yourself that freedom.

We do a very bare boned start here.  We talked about it in a very general way to give you as much wiggle room as you want. I didn’t want this to be restrictive. I also didn’t give any specifications to genre and most plot points. Here’s the list of things we parceled out that you’d use to write the short story. Shoutout to Angela for helping me to figure it out!

Main character description:

  • Female,
  • teenager (possibly 16-17)
  • She’s more of a country girl than a city slicker.
  • Sassy, Independent, Likes to control things
  • Birthday: Aug. 15th


  • Male
  • Teenager
  • Sensitive, Holds a Grudge, Petty
  • He tries to paint her as the town villain.

They’ve had a rivalry since childhood.

Setting: Town’s biggest party

Theme: Anti-Valentine’s Day. To read the #writestuff event with more info, check it out here.

Conflict: Something will happen between them.

Genre: Open

Like I said, a very loosely sketched out story base. This is more of an exercise to see what we can do with some of the same information and how different it can be. And here’s the video if you’d like to check it out. In it, I discuss what #writestuff it, why reading instructions for anthologies are important, and more. (Also, ignore the bra strap. I love this top, but it’s unruly and makes moves on me.):


Thanks so much for watching, let me know in the comments if you want to take up the challenge!

Aloha y’all! 

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Is it crazy to Write a Book in 3.5 Days?

Success is key

If it’s crazy to try to write a book in less than a week, then call me crazy. It’s fine. I’ve been called worse.

I’m taking a personal challenge to complete a book in three and a half days. I have tons of ideas for novels, whether it’s short stories, slam and my Great American novel. I’ve thought about writing a book detailing how to use social medial to help your small business. Everyday, something new, or a new twist on an old idea, pops up. Yet, I do not have a completed work under my belt. I’m long past overdue to change that.

I was inspired by a webinar, by Kristen Eckstein, which is called, “How to Write a Novel in 3.5 days.” I’m going to use her tips to see if I, the ultimate procrastinator, can conquer this beast. My three days will include Friday, March 10, Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12. My half will be Monday, 13.  I totally recommend signing up to watch her webinar. I was really inspired to try this out, and I think it’ll be a good experience to see how far I can push myself. Sometimes I just need someone to say, “Hey you can do it. Stop with excuses and just do it,” to give me some momentum.

Blame it on timing, adult ADHD, or just a basic fear of failure, I haven’t dedicated the time and energy to finish my book. Sure there’s been some incidents where my computer crashed and then the lastest when my car was robbed, my two jump drives were in that bag. *Note to self- Do NOT store the backup data disk with the original. This will backfire, and subsequently bite you in the ass.* The only way to change this, is to…well…change it. Stick my butt in my chair, in front of my pretty purple notebook, and getting it done.

So, wish me good luck and I’ll tell you how it went on Tuesday!


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