The Story behind My Latest Project

A few months ago, I came across an article from 1973 by a man named Bruce B. Clark, titled “Creative Writing in the Church: A Challenge to Young Writers.” I wasn’t looking for an article for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dealing with writing, but I’m glad I found it. What amazed me the most […]

The Research Rabbit Hole

I’ve always loved research—research and learning. I remember being assigned to write an essay about lions in the 1st grade. It was my first research experience. I pulled out the volume of my family’s encyclopedia that told about lions and my mom helped me to find pictures in one of our many issues of National Geographic. Being 6 years old, […]

Series Review: Goblin

A 900-year-old general, unable to die, but no longer quite living. A grim reaper who knows he committed a great sin in his earthly life but can’t remember what it was. A 19-year-old girl who can see ghosts. A beautiful restaurant owner with a mysterious connection to them all. Knowing that we enjoy Korean dramas, my sister-in-law recommended that Brett […]

My Impressions of Andrew Davies’ Sanditon

While watching PBS with my son one Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I saw an advertisement for a new series on Masterpiece: Sanditon. I was familiar with this unfinished Jane Austen book in name only, but I was interested to see what screenwriter Andrew Davies had done with it. It could be interesting, since he had written the popular […]

Each Person’s Story

When I was eight, my Grandma gave me a family tree. She knew something I didn’t know at the time: I love genealogy. I would look at that pedigree chart and study the charts and sheets in my parents’ genealogy books and wonder, Who were these people? What are their stories? In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, […]

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 entire draft of a novel in one month. I’ve never done that before. Usually, I labor over a story for […]

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 the book across the room.) Maybe the two main characters fall in love with each other, but you feel that […]

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 fact, I believed that real writers never needed to revise. If I was a real writer, the story would flow […]