5 Thought-provoking Songs I Love, and How They Make Me a Better Writer

We’re talking about our favorite music and movies this month at Quills and Inkblotts. I can’t listen to music that engages my brain while I write. But during those moments before I write, while I’m driving, mopping, showering, doing laundry, or staring out the window with my fingers on the keyboard, if I’m listening to […]

3 Types of Villains You Can’t Get Out of Your Head

Blogger confession: I don’t like villains. I don’t get villains. I lost interest in the Walking Dead when Neagan was introduced. I find myself squelching yawns when the next Apocalypse-inducing bad guy threatens the Marvel universe. I watch Disney Princess movies with my daughters and wonder why those evil step-mothers even want the responsibility that comes with the power they crave. It’s not that I like […]

Trusting God in the Hiatus

This is the place where I used to write.   Not long ago it was warm and full of furniture. My chair in the corner, my bookcase, my favorite knickknacks here and there. Now it’s harsh, bare, and blindingly white. The sound of our footsteps ricochet off the hard surfaces. It’s a good visual metaphor […]

Advice to a Newbie Writer

This month the writers at Quills and Inkblotts are thinking back to their early days of writing, and sharing advice they would give themselves if they could. I have to go back nearly five years, to Fall of 2011. That’s when my husband listened to me falter, and shrug, and attempt to explain this writing […]