Jump Ahead

Hello Everyone!

So this morning I woke up with an idea for a scene in Topaas that’s past the middle of the book. I ran the scene by my friend Andrea to make sure it made sense and to get feedback.

Now I want to write the scene but at the same time, it’s quite a ways in the future of the story.

Andrea suggested that I rough draft it, then I can change the things that need to be changed when I actually get there. That means I can write this fun scene twice! 😀

Yet another reason why writing buddies are AWESOME!

I’m off to write the scene now 🙂 It should be fun.

Have a great rest of your week!

I will be on hiatus next week since I’ll be out of town and won’t have internet access.

See you all on June 8th!




I’m a day late.

Oops haha.

Memorial Day threw me off but I’m back.

I’ve just completed the chapter that is the main catalyst for my whole trilogy.

Originally this chapter started the book because I figured, the catalyst should be at the beginning. For this book, it just didn’t work.

Beginnings have always been a struggle for me because I have a tendency to start at the wrong place. Most of the time I start too late in the story.

My writing group often tells me, pull back Whitney. We need more before you bring us to this point. As of right now, my current beginning is the 4th or 5th one that I’ve written.

So often when we write our beginnings, we tend to work it over and over again because we want it to be perfect. It’s not going to be perfect on the first draft and often times, we only discover where the book needs to begin after we’ve written a bit more.

I’m excited with where Topaas has started and the direction it’s taking. I’m getting to know my characters better and I hope readers will get to know them too.

How do you like to write your beginnings?

See you Thursday!


Get the Ideas Flowing

Hello everyone!

So yesterday I went to an office supplies store to get a couple things that I needed for my office. While there I saw a pretty journal and couldn’t help myself.

I bought it. 

Back when I was in high school and during my first couple years at the university I had nice journals that I would get to write out my novels. I would then transcribe what I’d written into my file on the computer, writing as I go.

Ever since starting my current day job where I’m on the computer constantly, I haven’t done this as much.

However, upon buying the journal I decided to get back to doing it. My ideas flow more freely when I put an actual pen to paper.

Yesterday I filled up 3 pages of the journal within a short period of time.

That’s huge since when it comes to typing, I’ve been slower recently.

What ways have you found that help you to write more?

Have a nice weekend!


One Day at a Time

Hey Everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend.

Today I’ve thought a lot about taking things one day at a time.

Life has been stressful the past couple weeks and yesterday I just broke down and cried.

We all have times when life gets overwhelming.

It doesn’t matter what stage in life we’re in.

For me, my day job has stressed me out because I’ve allowed people to call me at all hours.

We all need to take time for ourselves even when life seems crazy.

When you’re struggling, whether it’s with writing or anything else that you’re doing, take things one day at a time and the outlook will start to look better.

Keep moving forward everyone!

You can do it!


It’s Okay to Make a Change

As I’ve said in the past, writing is a thing of discovery.

In the past little while I’ve made plans for a scene that will take place around the middle of the book. Then as I had an idea for something else that happens prior to that scene I realized that this event changed my planned scene.

That’s okay.


Sometimes as writers we can be so rigid in our plotting that it’s difficult to change a planned event, even though changing it makes it better.

Make the change.


That will make a better story.

Have a good weekend!


Creating Mystery

Happy Thursday everyone!

One of the things I’ve decided to do with Topaas is to have my villain be shrouded in mystery. Who is he? What’s his name? And what does he want?

There’s so much that can be done when you withhold information for a time. It makes people and situations seem more mysterious and if you do it right, more interesting. I hope to do this with my serial killer villain. I don’t know how long it will take for me to reveal his identity, but for the time being it’s fun to write with his name not even being mentioned, even when he is a character in the scene.

What are ways that you like to bring a bit of mystery into your stories?

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Monday!