Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie

Inspiration, Writing

While tearing through my closet on a great spring cleaning purge, I came across a legal pad. Unsurprisingly, it was from the college days. I flipped through just in case there was anything I might want to type into a more legible format and save. Between class notes with no headings or dates to clarify […]

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Bill Blume at AWCon 18: Characters Who Come Alive

Conferences and Conventions, Inspiration, Writing

Of the many reasons that contributed to the last-minute decision to attend the 2018 Agile Writers Conference in Richmond, VA, getting the chance to meet Bill Blume was the most exciting. For the longest time, I didn’t realize there was any kind of writing community in Virginia. It wasn’t until I graduated college and moved […]

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AWCon 18: Scott T. Allison on the Villain’s Journey

Conferences and Conventions, Inspiration, Writing

One of my favorite seminars at the 2018 Agile Writers Conference given by Dr. Scott T. Allison, a professor of psychology at the University of Richmond who has published extensively on heroism and leadership. I wondered if his talk, “The Villain’s Journey: How to Craft a Worthy Adversary to Your Hero,” would confirm some of […]

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2018: The Year of Focus

Inspiration, Writing

In the awesome I Am A Writer Facebook group, Sarah Werner of the Write Now podcast asked, “Do any of you choose a ‘One Word’ of the year?” She chose the word focus, and I am unabashedly stealing it for my word of the year, too. The Thieves of Traska has been a work in […]

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Genre Research Before Querying


Reading, The Thieves of Traska, Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, 2018 is the year of focusing on getting The Thieves of Traska published. I drafted a skeleton copy of how my query letters might generally go a few weeks ago, leaving a little [fill in later] where I should reference titles in the same genre to compare my manuscript to. I was more […]

January 22, 2018

2018: The Year of Focus


Inspiration, Writing

In the awesome I Am A Writer Facebook group, Sarah Werner of the Write Now podcast asked, “Do any of you choose a ‘One Word’ of the year?” She chose the word focus, and I am unabashedly stealing it for my word of the year, too. The Thieves of Traska has been a work in […]

January 17, 2018