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How to Use Save the Cat if You're a Pantser

Saturday, October 24, 2020

There are two types of people when it comes to NaNoWriMo: the plotter and the pantser. I am proudly a pantser, so I have spent a lot of my writing time trying to let my freedom flag fly while also trying to not write myself into a corner. Earlier this year, I was introduced to Save The Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. This book has revolutionized my writing life and I believe that it can help even the wildest pantser. Today, I’m sharing how you can use the principles of Save The Cat Writes a Novel even if you don’t plot.

How I Prepared for NaNoWriMo 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Preptober is in full swing over here in Shelby writing land. This past Saturday, I took the time to do my own prep for NaNoWriMo. In order to prep though, I had to decide what project I was going to do for NaNo 2020.


How to Have a Successful NaNoWriMo

Saturday, October 3, 2020


It’s one of the best times of the year! Fall is in the air which means it is almost time for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. This is a yearly event where writers attempt to write 50,000 words during the month of November. During the month of October, in honor of Preptober, I will be sharing a blog post every week to get you ready for NaNoWriMo. This week, I’m sharing five steps to have a successful NaNo.

I Tried an ENFJ Writing Routine

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


A few weeks ago, I was inspired by Bree Buonomo and Hudson McCarthy to try a writing routine based on my Myers-Briggs personality type. I have a lot of experience with the Myers-Briggs personality types from when I wrote my blog post, “How to Use Myers-Briggs Types to Create Characters,” but I never thought about applying the personality types to my own writing routine until I saw Bree’s YouTube video.

Finding Beauty in the Brokenness

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


For the past two years, I have shared a blog post for my birthday. At 23, I described the lessons of life and writing I had learned over the years. At 24, I shared 24 things I was grateful for. But coming up with an idea for my 25th year has been a struggle.

Three Things I Learned From Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020


I have officially won Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time!

3 Reasons Why You Should Have A Playlist For Your WIP

Saturday, June 13, 2020



If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I can’t stand writing in silence. I need some sort of noise to get myself to focus. This is why I created 3 playlists to get through my writing time in my blog post, “Try These 3 Spotify Playlists To Bring Excitement Back To Your Writing Life.”

Even though this sounds like a great idea, you may still be on the fence about spending precious time worrying about creating a music playlist. Today, I’m going to give you three reasons why you should give it a try for your own work-in-progress.
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