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A Glimpse into the Thoughts & Imaginings of Vibeke Hiatt

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Refocus

I lost my focus. It happened gradually, as it usually does. Over the past few days, I’ve tried to write some ideas that have been in my head for a long time, but they won’t come out right. The only Read more…


Longhand Writing

At first, I wrote everything by hand out of necessity. When I was thirteen, we didn’t have smartphones or tablets. We didn’t even have palm pilots, the original handheld device. Laptops were rare—and no one was bringing them to school. Read more…


Writer’s Envy: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Book

“Is there one among you who is not stripped of envy?” Alma asks. “For such an one is not found guiltless.” (Alma 5:29) Every time I read this verse, it’s as though the wind is knocked out of me. My Read more…


NaNoWriMo: The End

At the end of October, I announced that I was participating in National Novel Writing Month. Last Friday, November 29, I passed 50,000 words and finished a novel. It sounds straightforward. After all, we learn in elementary school how to Read more…


NaNoWriMo: The Beginning

I did it. I made the decision and I’m not turning back. I signed up and I will hold myself accountable. This year, I will participate in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). It’s exciting to think about writing an Read more…


Writing the Best Book I Have Ever Read

Originally Published October 2017 Have you ever read a book and thought, “It was good, but I wish this part had been different”? (This, of course, is not the same as, “How could the author do that?!” as you’re throwing Read more…


The Roughness of Drafts

Originally Published February 2018 When I first started writing novels, I loved the rough draft process. It was a chance to exercise creativity and imagine new people and places, committing my dreams to paper. I hated the revision process. In Read more…


Writing Fantasy

As a teenager, I wasn’t really interested in fantasy stories. I read two or three Anne McCaffrey books in junior high because one was required for my English class, but I soon became bored with them. I also remember reading Read more…


What I Write

“Besides a couple of scenes of sensuality, this is a great book.” “There’s some profanity, but this is a good book overall.” I hear comments like this all the time. Many of my friends have the same values I have Read more…


Why I Write

I used to dream about being famous. My writing was going to make that happen. I believed that the publishers would love my book; the world would love my book; it would be made into a movie; I would buy Read more…