So yesterday I was talking with a friend about Book 1 and she mentioned things about my villain that led me to wonder, what is his motivation? Why does he target this particular family? What led him to turn from good to bad?

As I mulled over those questions, I was able to look into life and grew to understand him. The battle scene between the villain and my main character grew to have more meaning as I now understand what motivates both sides.

If you have a villain, ask yourself those same questions (made to fit your own story of course). Everyone has motivation behind what they do. Even if you choose not to put the villain’s back story in your novel/short story you need to know it so he/she will be more realistic.

Happy writing! Only a few days left of NaNoWriMo!



Writing Group

My writing group welcomed a new member this week. Normally, it might be weird for a new person to join us since we all took a novel writing class from the same teacher. However, our fifth and final member is the daughter of said teacher. Welcome to the group Kyra!

I’ve written a pivotal scene and now the goal is to get it tweaked so we have more feelings from my heroine.

Happy writing everyone!

Shouldn’t you be Writing

Every time I start browsing around on Pinterest I come across something that tells me I should be writing. I find it very funny and quite effective. 9 out of 10 times that I see that, I end up getting off the internet and working on my novel.

Here are a few of the pins I’ve seen.Image



So let’s keep writing and getting our word count up.


Hey friends,

How’s NaNoWriMo going?

While I don’t have time to do the full 50,000 this month, due to midterms, projects, and papers, I have written each day. I’ve come to discover some interesting things about my characters, and the story is becoming what I want it to become. One piece of help I need: what are some things that a couple could do in the 1800s to get to know each other/have a romance start, when they’re keeping it a secret from everyone else?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Happy writing!