Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.


I am well behind the curve on this post. In reviewing my blog, it has been a few days since I posted. That should be testament to the craziness that was the end of 2013. Now it is 2014. Before I leave 2013 behind though, I want to remind myself of a few favorite things from a great year.

The Winter Sea

This is the first Susanna Kearsley book I read. It is fantastic.

1. Susanna Kearsley. I discovered this author in 2013 thanks to my friend Niki. Since then, I’ve read most of her books: “The Winter Sea””, Firebird”, “The Rose Garden”, “Shadowy Horses.” I have a couple more to read and there is her new book, “The Splendour Falls”, which comes out this year. It may be my most anticipated read for 2014. I’m so thankful to have found her works of art.

2. Lord Huron. I featured one of his videos on my blog recently. I’ve found quite a bit of music this year that I love. Lana del Ray, The Civil Wars, Phantogram, to name just a couple. There is something about Lord Huron’s album “Lonesome Dreams” though. Each time I hear it there is some sort of creative catalyst that happens in my brain. I’ve added several of his songs to the playlist for a future novel idea in the works.

3. National Novel Writing Month. This was the first year I participated and it was an eye-opening experience. Not only did I discover that I can write 50,000 words in a 30 day period, it also led to a deeper partnership between my husband and I. He knows I write, but I think it was always a murky hole that didn’t always make sense to him. The goal of 50,000 words in a month was something he could grasp, something he could cheer me on with and a bit of a springboard for him to understand what it is I’m doing when I have a computer in my face or my nose in research books. That, and I totally won NaNoWriMo. Who doesn’t love the game they win?


This is my card wall for my current novel. I’ve blurred to protect the innocent.

4. When I drafted this post it was just the three things list above, but I had to add one more item to my list. I received “Nail Your Novel” by Roz Morris for Christmas. It was on my list. Upon receiving it I devoured it. I can already feel it raising my writing game to a new level. I’m so excited about the structure her techniques are bringing to my craft. E.L. Doctorow said “One’s work habits are small arms against the daily invasion of chaos–which I think is the writer’s mind.” I agree wholeheartedly with this. The chaos of my creativity was getting in my way. Using a few of the tips in “Nail Your Novel”, I can channel all of the creativity into a complete work. More on my 2014 goals in a later post, but you can bet this book will have a lot to do with those.

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