Mystical, Magical, & a Wee Bit Witchy: My Novel Research Library

Mystical, Magical, & a Wee Bit Witchy: My Novel Research Library

You know how I promised you all more stories in my Circle of Nine series? I’m finally constructing the outlines! I’ve been pulling research books off my shelf and realized I’d compiled a wonderful library of Celtic mythology and witchy guides to help me craft the perfect details to make my stories come alive. And, what better time to do this than in the witchiest month of the year?

So welcome to Part One of Books that Help Me Write My Books.

National Novel Writing Month Prep with Tracey Kathryn

National Novel Writing Month Prep with Tracey Kathryn

November is a special month for writers. It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and its goal is to get as many words written for a new novel as possible. It’s a fantastic thirty-day challenge that is exhilarating and draining at the same time. In honor of the event, I’m offering tips about tackling the “messy middle” for both the September and October blog posts.

The Writers' Institute Bids Farewell

The Writers' Institute Bids Farewell

I was extremely saddened to get the email this week announcing that not only will my favorite writing conference (The University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute) be discontinued—the entire University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies writing program is also suffering the same fate.

Numbing the Pandemic Pain One Series After Another - My TV Recommendations

Numbing the Pandemic Pain One Series After Another - My TV Recommendations

I like a good story and I’m not picky if I read it, listen to it, or watch it on the big or small screen. While the big screen is a little difficult during a pandemic, the small screen certainly hasn’t been. I’ve admitted my TV addiction in a previous post, and if it’s even possible, I’ve been watching even more television since the pandemic hit in mid-March. 

10 Steps to Query Letter Writing Success

10 Steps to Query Letter Writing Success

Good query letter writing seems like a mysterious process, but its necessity to landing an agent or editor makes for a pressure-filled, intimidating task.

But it needn't be! 

In truth, writing a query letter is rather formulaic. I’ve split the process into ten manageable steps, so you can create a letter that will stand out from all the others flooding agents' and editors' email inboxes on a daily basis. 

Writing Workshop of Chicago: Pitching and Listening

Writing Workshop of Chicago: Pitching and Listening

Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

I often share writing tips and indie publishing shortcuts in the Writers’ Forum at the end of each month, but today I’m writing an entire article devoted to my favorite products and platforms that make my life easier. These are my secret weapons! (Well – not so secret anymore!) Some of these are free and some are well-worth the money, depending on where you are in your publishing journey/adventure.

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Welcome to May, writers. In Wisconsin, it’s a month of flowers, sunshine, end-of-school events, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. May is a wonderful kick-off month to summer.

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Welcome to our new normal, writers. April is a time for showers and flowers. Except this April, which has been a time for tears and fears, unfortunately. My heart goes out to those who have suffered directly from this terrible illness. I pray for those who have lost family members, friends, and neighbors.

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

In the past few weeks, I’ve viewed a plethora of 2019 year-in-review and/or hit-the-ground-running newsletters/blog posts for 2020. To be honest, while I champion the work of fellow writers and appreciate all the positive messages, I skimmed over many of them.

Why?

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