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Writer in the Making

Writer in the Making

By Daria White
Hey fellow authors! Learn about me, my work as a writer, gain encouragement, and even some writer’s tips. I’m a writer in the making. All opinions are my own😊no negativity here. Leave a rating/review and subscribe to show your support!

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How to finally win Camp NaNoWriMo!
I know I'm not the only writer that signed up to do Camp NaNo and didn't finish. If you did, congrats! The rest of us... we didn't, and we felt like bad writers. We saw everyone else posting their banners and badges and it only made us feel worse. Can I tell you something? You are NOT a bad writer. Life happens. Maybe you missed a day and couldn't catch up? Yes it takes discipline, but is there another way? I'm here to tell how you can finish without having to write every day like NaNo recommends. Listen and click here to learn more! 
May 05, 2022
The #1 Thing you need to Finish your First Draft
The possible #1 reason you might not have started or even finished your first draft (fiction or nonfiction), is because you do NOT have the time strategies in place…. a problem that is 100% fixable. In my brand new course, I’m going to walk you through the exact steps you need in order to finish your first draft by maximizing the time you already have! No more overwhelm because you don't know how many words to write when you sit to your laptop. You'll have an attainable goal EACH TIME! It won't feel out of reach anymore. No more, "I don't have the time to write."  Let me help you do this. Let me show you how I (a busy writer with multiple businesses (NOT KIDDING)) could write ten books and counting by implementing this strategy. Click here to preorder N.T.W.!
April 26, 2022
Sound familiar writers?
We have video podcasts now! Yay! For today's episode? I've been in your shoes. Feeling strapped for time wondering will I finish my novel. Sound familiar? How about we change it up? This is 100% fixable writers and I'm going to show you how! My new online course, No Time Writer, is available for preorder! Benefits include: a customized schedule, your writer average discovered, writer overwhelm eased, and the No Time Writer formula to use again and again with each writing project! Stop the guesswork and feel empowered when you sit to your laptop! FYI, I am increasing the $189 pilot price for the No Time Writer Course to $299 after May 21st, so the time to enroll. The course officially launches May 18th!
April 22, 2022
No Time Write (New Online Course)
New online course! Here's a quick intro writers!
April 21, 2022
Preorder No Time Writer
We have a new course! Introducing No Time Writer, focused on time management skills for writers and authors. It's going to show you exactly how to determine you average word count per writing session, write 2X or 3X more in 45 mins or less, and ultimately, get your first draft finished! Learn more here!
April 20, 2022
Announcements & updates!
Lather. Rinse. Murder. Book 3 in Bianca’s mystery series is underway! Also, if you’re a fellow writer struggling with time management, I have something for you.
April 13, 2022
No Time to Write?
Struggling to find the time to write? Looking for a better way to alleviate the overwhelm and cater your time instead? Let me know by filling out this quick survey! No Time Writer Missed the Style & Voice Writers Summit? Want to see if you can still get in? The free tickets may be expired but there is an all access pass!
April 05, 2022
Style & Voice Summit!
Over 1K have signed up for my talk alone! Have you signed up for the writers summit? It’s free!
March 30, 2022
Style & Voice: The Writers Summit 2022
Surprise! I’m one of the speakers at Style & Voice: The Writers Summit 2022, April 2nd-4th! What is it? 3 Days. 10+ speakers in 6 categories! Get in for FREE or get the “All Access Pass.” Link here
March 24, 2022
Gathering Writer Data
Hey writers! I’ve had something on my mind lately so I wanted to share. Got 5 mins? Fill out the form linked here!
March 21, 2022
Make Your Writing Come Alive
Sensory language in writing! Check out this article by BookBaby!
March 11, 2022
Promote any Book on BookBub
Check out BookBub’s latest blog post! Also, we’re giving a special feature to Digital Poetry Festival by Ashley Alizor! BookBub’s article
March 03, 2022
Last Chance Writers!
Last call writers! Writers Craft 3.0 ends tonight! Only $67 and you get over $9K worth of ecourses, masterclasses, writing software, etc.! Ends tonight at 11:59pm EST! Don’t miss it!
March 01, 2022
Writers Craft 3.0 is Back!
It’s back with even more resources! Over $7000 worth! Check out the line up for only $49! Price increases to $67 Friday!
February 23, 2022
Have you heard?
Smashwords and Draft2Digital released some unexpected news. Have you heard? What does this mean for indie authors?
February 11, 2022
The Wedding Report promo!
Have you read The Wedding Report? Only .99 (ebook version) for a limited time! Perfect if you’re looking for a second chance romance for Valentine’s Day!
February 08, 2022
Post Book Launch Tips
Released a book already? Now what? Why not discount your book and do a promotion? Where? I share some sites here!
February 02, 2022
Killer Runway is here!
Part 2 is here in the Bianca Wallace Mystery series! Get your copy today!
January 25, 2022
What was the Hardest Part?
Killer Runway releases January 25! Want to connect to Edenville even more? Visit Daria’s Cybershop! What was the hardest part of finishing book two? Hmm… let’s talk.
January 20, 2022
Daria’s Cybershop
If you’re a writer you know about WIM Plus’ merch store, but I’ve been wanting to do one for readers! Welcome to Daria’s Cybershop follow me on Instagram @dariawhite90 and tag me so I can see you with my merch!
January 12, 2022
Happy New Year & Updates
Happy New Year! What are your goals for the year? How many books do you want to publish? My new mystery book launches January 25, 2022! Preorder Killer Runway here
January 03, 2022
Killer Runway updates
Killer Runway releases January 25, 2022! I’m happy to say the final edits are falling into place. Preorder your ebook copy here Paperbacks will be available next month!
December 22, 2021
10 Top Book Marketing Articles from BookBub in 2021
Check out BookBub’s latest article here! What’s included? Have a listen.
December 17, 2021
5 Fun Writing Exercises for Amazing Characters
Having trouble with your characters? Listen in on these practical tips to write a solid cast! Looking for more? Check out my courses 3D Characters and 3D Characters 2.0 all on WIM Plus 2.0 (Online Course Experience)
December 14, 2021
BookBub Ads
Need help with ads? BookBub is great place to target readers who are hungry for their next read. Read the article in it’s entirety here!
December 09, 2021
Thanks for your support!
Thank you to my faithful listeners. Let’s recap Writer in the Making! I got my results for the year in how the show has grown and impacted you all. Curious to hear?
December 07, 2021
Have you heard of Wisdom?
Recently I was approached by the latest app company, Wisdom, a platform where people like you can share your expertise. I’m a top mentor on there since I joined before it launched this year. Follow me @dariawhite if you’re on there and hear me LIVE! When? You’ll have to follow to stay alert.
December 02, 2021
Hurry! Only 12 Hours left before this Black/Cyber Monday deal ends for good!
Well… this is it my fellow writers. Your last chance for Writers Craft 3.0 ends tonight at 11:59 EST. Seriously. It will vanish. No exceptions. So if you want access to 60+ premium products of ecourses, masterclasses, writing prompts, character development guides, purchase today! $6,100 worth but yours today for only $49!
November 30, 2021
The #1 Reason You Should Pick up Writters Craft 3.0 today!
It’s Cyber Monday! Shouldn’t writers get in on the best deals too? Yes! I know I’ve been sharing a lot about Writers Craft 3.0, but seriously this deal can’t be beat. Only $49 for 60+ premium products valued over $6000! And… there’s someone in the lineup that I haven’t mentioned or did I?
November 29, 2021
Don’t Miss my #1 Black Friday sale for writers!
Over the last few days I’ve shared about Writers Craft 3.0! Here I share 3 must haves that are included in this bundle. Even though all 3 products combined totals over $500 in value, you’re getting it today at $49! Link here
November 26, 2021
Writers & storycrafters. Everything. You. Need
Writers Craft 3.0 is the #1 Black Friday deal for writers! Get everything you need for only $49!
November 24, 2021
Black Friday just came early this year!
It’s here! Whether you’re a beginning writer or a veteran, don’t miss out on $6,100 worth of writing tools and resources for only $49! Hurry! Deals ends November 30th! Click here
November 23, 2021
Something Big is Coming!
Anytime I find a valuable resource, I share it here. So… two things really and I can’t wait to tell you! Writing Course Experience Writer Merch for writers!
November 18, 2021
New Look for Writer Merch and Courses!
First, WIM Plus Merch Store has a new look! Check it out here! Apparel. Digital products. Homeware! Second, I’m trying a new platform for my WIM Plus courses. I need beta testers so doors are open for a limited time for this complimentary program on Imposter Syndrome. Trust me when I say it’s a new experience! Courses from me will never be the same. Sign up here
November 11, 2021
Timelines, Timelines, Timelines
As I edit Killer Runway, I’m noticing that the timeline is too spread out. Thankfully my writing partner pointed this out too since I didn’t realize it as I was writing lol. Still, you can always fix a written page. You can’t edit a blank one.
November 02, 2021
Hardcovers and Books2Read
Have you heard? Books2Read now has universal links for print books! This includes paperbacks, large print, and hardcover books! Now your readers can have more options!
October 29, 2021
3 Tips for your Author Newsletter
The most recent article from BookBaby “How To Create An Author Newsletter Subscribers Love,”
October 26, 2021
A Much Needed Break
So… I got the notes back for Killer Runway. No, I haven’t opened the email yet lol. I know once I do it’s going to get intense so I’m taking advantage still of a much needed break. Also ProWriting Aid’s virtual Romance week starts now
October 12, 2021
Killer Runway is finished!
Killer Runway’s first draft is complete! What am I doing now? Taking a break. Tune in to hear how I got to this point.
September 28, 2021
Updates & Announcements
Hurricanes, book tours, and Killer Runway! I’ll give you an update on them all. So close to finishing book two but I’ve been able to gain new followers by partnering with two websites to promote my work!
September 14, 2021
Romance Writers’ Week
ProWriting Aid’s first ever Romance Writers’ Week! October 11-15th. Register for free for this virtual event today!
September 03, 2021
Increase Holiday Book Sales
The holidays will be here before we know it! Will your book stand out? Check out this article to learn how to increase holiday book sales!
August 24, 2021
Book Discovery Services Can Help You Find Readers
Though this article was published in December 2020, I think it’s still relevant to share. Read it in it’s entirety here! Have you tried any of these?
August 10, 2021
13 Mistakes First-Time Romance Authors Make
Found this article interesting so thought I’d share. Can you relate to these mistakes? If you have there’s always room for improvement. Read full article here
August 05, 2021
Updates & Killer Runway
I’m back! Took a needed break but I’ve hit the ground running with book two of my cozy mystery series. Killer Runway is in the works! Yay!
July 20, 2021
BookBub—Authors on Social Media
Thought this article was interesting. Ever wonder which platform will work best for you? Do you have to be on all platforms? Read BookBub’s Authors on Social Media: Choosing Platforms and Avoiding Burnout
July 08, 2021
What Mackenzie Needs is here!
Now live in bookstores, download What Mackenzie Needs today!
July 02, 2021
What Mackenzie Needs
I’ve been using this story as a reader magnet, but… it’s coming to bookstores. This short story is under 3K words, but it may be the start of something. Could it be a prequel to a full length novel?
June 29, 2021
Update with Those We Love in Blue
So we’re making progress on Those We Love in Blue. What’s my word count so far? Listen and find out!
June 22, 2021
BookBaby Article
“Write like You’re Someone or Something Else” I found this interesting and thought I’d share.
June 15, 2021
Are you coming?
I’m LIVE tomorrow at noon CST! Visit to sign up for my VIP newsletter! Catch up with me if you’re interested!
June 04, 2021
Thank you!!!
Thanks to those that have purchased Photo Bombed! Haven’t gotten your copy yet? Click here
May 28, 2021
Photo Bombed releases tomorrow!
Photo Bombed releases May 25th! The first of a possible 16 book cozy mystery series! Not sure if it’ll be that long lol, but I’m going for it. Get your copy today!
May 24, 2021
Did you get Photo Bombed?
Photo Bombed releases May 25th through Crimson Fox Publishing! Have you pre-ordered yours yet? Listen as I share the journey and the intense revisions!
May 21, 2021
Photo Bombed releases May 25th
I’m finished! Photo Bombed releases next Tuesday, May 25th and my brain is fried lol. Pre-order today if you haven’t already! Link here
May 18, 2021
Photo Bombed details!
Where am I? I’m in the revision cave! No joke, but I’m excited for my first cozy mystery!
May 11, 2021
An announcement about Photo Bombed!
The cat’s out the bag! I have an announcement about Photo Bombed which is coming this spring! Don’t forget this free writer’s giveaway!
April 30, 2021
Free Resources for Writers
Free resources for writers! Giveaway ends April 30th so don’t delay! Looking for inspiration? Check out these tools for writers!
April 27, 2021
How to Self Revise Mind-Blowing Novels
“3 Tips to a Stellar Novel,” April 22, 11am CST. You’ll learn why multi-layered characters are critical to your book’s success, the struggles most new writers have with plot development, and about the “secret weapon” that will super-charge your settings and descriptions! Are you in? Hurry! Replay available for 72 hours after the premiere!
April 20, 2021
Book Revising 101
Know what you need to do when you need to self revise. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work with a professional, but this webinar will equip you with the skills to tackle your manuscript like a pro! Save your spot for April 22, 11am CST! or
April 13, 2021
It’s Back!
WIM Plus Merch Store is back! Missed it in February? Here you go fellow writers! Enjoy!
April 08, 2021
Book Editing 101
My latest online course is here! Book Editing 101! Is that possible? Self edit your own novel from start to finish? You’re listening to someone who has. Think you got what it takes? You do! Sign up here or check out my mailing list
March 30, 2021
Photo Bombed is done!
We made it! Photo Bombed is finished at 55K words! How do I feel? Proud! It wasn’t easy branching out but I’m glad I did!
March 30, 2021
Almost there!
Photo Bombed is past 50K! I’m literally 4-5 scenes away from finishing my first cozy mystery! I have another announcement too but you’ll have to wait on it! I know, but it’ll be worth it.
March 25, 2021
FictionFive Contest with Critique Match
The contest is back! Have you entered? Want some feedback with your story?
March 18, 2021
Progress on Photo Bombed
We’re close to 40K! This mystery is coming together. I have something else too I noticed that helps when lengthening your novel. Want to know?
March 11, 2021
30 Ways Authors use Videos to Engage Readers
I got another article from BookBub so I thought I’d share! Have you done a video? Do you like being on camera? How can videos help you engage with your fans? Tune in! Don’t forget I’ll be live this Saturday, March 6th at noon (CST). Sign up at
March 04, 2021
LIVE with Me!
If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you already know! If not, I’ll be live with my readers this Saturday, March 6th at noon CST. Visit to sign up today! What do I have planned? You’ll have to show up and see.
March 02, 2021
How to Lengthen Your Novel
I’ve talked about underwriting before, but let’s revisit it. I’m literally under 30K with my cozy mystery but I just wrote the climax. I’m like, oh no, what do I do? It’s too short! If this is you, have a listen for some underwriting tips. Also, don’t forget your writer merch! Store closes Feb 28th!
February 25, 2021
A Winter Storm I’ll Never Forget
So... I’ve lived in Texas for most of my life, but it’s been interesting lately with the weather. I’ve never seen it like this. Have a listen if you want my update. Thank you all for your prayers and support for fellow Texans and the other surrounding states as we ride out this weather.
February 19, 2021
I’m Writing Two Books at the Same Time
I don’t know about you, but I’ve only written one book at a time. Even if I get stuck with a story, I go to another until I’m out of the plot hole lol. This time around, I’m actually writing two books at the same time. Even I’m surprised!
February 11, 2021
Latest Merch Store Additions!
I’m loving WIM Plus’ Merch store! What’s the latest in products? Have a listen to find out which ones you’d like. I’m literally making up these designs so I’m grateful for my own creativity. For a limited time, Feb 28th, get your WIM Plus merch today!
February 09, 2021
Do you have a writing schedule?
For all my planners, this one’s for you. This will even work for pantsers if you don’t mind writing things down lol. Whether you add 500 words or 5000 a day, each word counts! Try out my 4-week writing schedule. You can even bump up the quantity to track for the whole year. A track number grows! Available at WIM Plus’ store
February 04, 2021
Can You Believe It?
Remember me talking about a surprise? Well... WIM Plus has expanded again! This time it’s a store with writer merch! For a limited time (until Feb 28th), take your pick of masks, phone cases, shirts, and more! This will go live officially later this year, but here’s a teaser for now with this pre-launch! WIM Plus store
February 02, 2021
A Blog Post I Wanted to Share
I wrote a blog post last week on self editing. It got a few likes so I thought I’d share. Read the full post here!
January 26, 2021
Pep Talk—You’ve Got What it Takes
It’s been a while since we’ve had our pep talks, right? Well... this pep talk is personal. Have you ever felt unqualified? Did someone tell you were inadequate but deep down you knew your capability? Let’s talk writers! Courses available at
January 19, 2021
Mapping out My Goals
I’m back! Missed me? Tune in to hear what I have planned. There may be a surprise but I can’t tell you yet.
January 12, 2021
Wishing You a Happy New Year
Ready for the New Year? What’s one resolution you have for 2021? This is the last episode of the year so I’ll share one of mine. Happy New Year writers! Writers Giveaway until Jan 9th
December 29, 2020
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
Christmas time is here! I hope you enjoy the holiday this season no matter who you spend it with. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you for your support! Don’t forget your free writers giveaway
December 22, 2020
I Found this Interesting
I found this article and thought I’d share! “7 Common Novel Writing Tips (use caution)” Don’t forget Free writing resources here!
December 18, 2020
Free Resources for Writers
Looking for tools for your book? Publishing ideas? Promotions? Need writer self care tips? Check out this FREE giveaway from now until Jan 9th!
December 15, 2020
It’s Story Time
What now? You’ve written your novel but no clue on where to start revising! What do you do? Can you relate to this story? Not ready? Download my free checklist to start with the basics!
December 10, 2020
It’s the last day!
Have you entered yet? Check out Book Luver’s 2020 Christmas giveaway and enter for a chance to win a Free Kindle Fire! It’s the last day!
December 10, 2020
My First Online Christmas Party
So... I did it! I hosted my first online party. How did it go? Have a listen. Don’t forget the giveaway!
December 08, 2020
2020 Christmas Giveaway and more!
I’ve partnered with a site called Book Luver for a free giveaway! Which book is participating? Christmas Therapy! Get your copy along with other freebies here. Offer expires December 10th! WIM Plus
December 01, 2020
2020 has been a year, right? What’s there to be thankful for? Well... there are a few things I can think of in case you’d like to know. :)
November 24, 2020
In Case You Need a Cheerleader!
We’re in the middle of November! What does that mean? Camp NaNo is almost over! How are you doing?
November 19, 2020
Updates and Encourgagement
Feel like your story is taking long to write? Is it still coming together in your head? I know that feeling. I have some encouragement for you fellow writers as I share progress with my own work!
November 10, 2020
Build Your Own Podcast
How did my second webinar go? Were you there? Here’s a link to watch the full session!
November 09, 2020
Another Webinar!
I’m partnering with CritiqueMatch again for another webinar! “Build Your Own Podcast” Nov 5th at 7pm (EST). Ever thought about starting your own? Sign up for free today and learn how!
November 04, 2020
C.P.S. Checklist (WIM Plus +)
Download free checklist here! Sitting on your novel? Get the tools you need to achieve your stellar book! Want more in depth knowledge? Get on my mailing list so you’re the first to know when the course is available!
October 27, 2020
The Story behind WIM Plus+
Why did I start an online school? Listen to my story and how WIM Plus was born. If you love my podcast, we kick it up in WIM! Enroll today and discover the writer you were meant to be!
October 21, 2020
My First Webinar!
Webinar? What? Yes, I’m hosting my first webinar with! Register for free today! Want to know what I’ll be discussing? Have a listen.
October 20, 2020
WIM Plus +
If you’ve been to, you know I have a link to author services. Guess what? There’s more! I have an online school! While my knowledge is in self publishing, I have courses all writers can take. Have a listen!
October 19, 2020
SelfPub Conference 2020
Alliance of Independent Authors presents “Tools and Tech for Indie Authors Conference.” It’s free! Want to learn more? Check it out here
October 14, 2020
The FirstFive contest is back! Want feedback on your story? Click here and enter for a chance to win. Will I be judging this time? Find out by listening in. I have news!
October 07, 2020
Thank you: The Wedding Report
I’m thrilled with the response to The Wedding Report! Thank you all for your support. Haven’t gotten your copy yet? Check it out here
September 29, 2020
New Release: The Wedding Report
It’s release day! The Wedding Report is here so check your local retailers. I’ll let you in on a secret behind this story. Remember I’ve mentioned using the story editing tool Fictionary? Well... it definitely came in handy more now than ever. Have a listen. Get your copy here
September 22, 2020
A Free Short Story
“What Mackenzie Needs” is a new short story that you can read now! How? Subscribe to my newsletter and get your copy today. Tune in to listen to the story behind the story along with tips on reader magnets. “What Mackenzie Needs” The Wedding Report
September 18, 2020
The Unexpected Character: The Wedding Report
A character that wasn’t a part of the original cast. Javier Flores. Who is he? What does he mean to Chantelle? Should Lance care if something sparks between these two since he’s getting married? Preorder The Wedding Report
September 14, 2020
My favorite scene: The Wedding Report
The Wedding Report releases September 22nd! Today I share my favorite scene between Chantelle and Lance. Another favorite song of mine is Anne Drury’s “One Step.” I heard this song clear as day when writing this scene and it made it that much more real as I envisioned my characters. Have your copy yet? Click here
September 10, 2020
Thank You!
Thank you for the birthday wishes! Also, thanks so much for your support of Thinking of Zoe!
September 03, 2020
Reflections on my Birthday!
Today’s my birthday! Thank you all for your support! I appreciate it.
August 31, 2020
Thinking of Zoe
Thinking of Zoe releases August 29th! Get your copy today! I’ve also included a snippet of another song I think fits Alex and Zoe! It literally came to me after writing the story, so it’s not included in the book. You’ll only be able to hear on it Anchor’s platform. Enjoy! Click here to get your copy!
August 26, 2020
Photo Bombed & Thinking of Zoe!
I’m about 7K into my first cozy mystery, Photo Bombed. Thinking of Zoe releases August 29th! Pre-order if you’d like or you can read it now on Smashwords with my pre-sale.
August 18, 2020
Thinking of Zoe & Those We Love in Blue
Thinking of Zoe is in the final stages! August 29th so pre-order at any major retailers! Have you read the first chapters of Those We Love in Blue yet? Click here for a free sample
August 11, 2020
Hit the Betseller list?
Another article from BookBub with tips on how to hit the bestseller list. While this isn’t a guarantee for your book, there’s no harm in trying! You never know what you might learn.
August 03, 2020
COVID-19 and your Book
I saw an article that asked should authors write their books with the present events occurring? Should the pandemic be included in your story line? How much would your story change? Thought this was interesting. Article by BookBaby “The Coronavirus: The Elephant in The Room.”
July 29, 2020
My First Cozy Mystery
I’m putting together my lists of suspects! Things are coming together as I write my first cozy mystery, Photo Bombed! Are you writing a mystery? Listen in for some tips! Nancy J. Cohen’s book Writing the Cozy Mystery is mentioned in this episode.
July 28, 2020
Growing your Newsletter
I watched a webinar by DIYMFA a few weeks back and it talked about growing your newsletter. We’ve discussed this before but I want to revisit it. I also have a surprise! Tune in.
July 24, 2020
Thinking of Zoe: an update!
Thinking of Zoe is in revision mode. I did take a break from it so I can come back with a fresh perspective. Plan is to still release in the fall! So many ideas but I’m excited!
July 21, 2020
Other Genres
If you’ve been following me on Goodreads, you’ll notice Christian Fiction and Cozy Mystery have been added. It’s true I’m branching out to write other genres! Don’t worry sweet romance will be my primary, but I want to try others. Have a listen!
July 16, 2020
Experience as a Judge
The contest is halfway there at! I’m glad I was apart of this contest to help fellow writers with their work. Listen to hear my experience.
July 14, 2020
Christmas Therapy is here!
Christmas Therapy is here! Get your copy, paperback or ebook, and enjoy this sweet holiday romance! Christmas in July! Click here
July 10, 2020
Experiences of a Black Writer
I did an interview with blogger/writer/editor Kirsten McNeill’s blog “The Art is Ours.” I share in the post my experiences as a Black woman as we deal with racism in this country and around the world. Not to mention my experience as a Black writer. No, I don’t speak for the entire Black community, but I can tell one thing, “the look” is real. Check out this link to read the full interview!
July 08, 2020
Tips from a Volunteer Judge
As I judge in the FictionFive contest, I saw some key things that stood out in the manuscripts. We all know the basics to a certain extent. I say never stop learning. Be willing to keep growing. Listen in to some tips I’ve given to the entries I’m reading.
July 02, 2020
The Wedding Report, Thinking of Zoe, & FictionFive contest!
My next novel I’m working on is The Wedding Report! I have three plot twists in the making so I’m in revision mode. Thinking of Zoe is underway, and there’s one more day to sign up for contest. Are you ready? is mentioned in this episode.
June 30, 2020
My First Contest as a Judge!
Critique Match is hosting its FictionFive contest! Unpublished authors can have the first five pages (1500 words) critiqued by top rated writers, volunteering judges, and later by developmental editors. Guess who’s one of the judges? Visit to enter your work or be a volunteer judge!
June 24, 2020
Thinking of Zoe is finished!
Thinking of Zoe (Bridge Point Romance, Book 3) is finished! It’s around 38-39K, so it’s the longest so far in the series. And... it leads into book four, Something about Bailey! Yes, Jackson and Bailey are back! The couple that started it all!
June 22, 2020
For Juneteenth
*Disclaimer * A special episode for Juneteenth!
June 19, 2020
Christmas Therapy & continuing the conversation
Christmas Therapy comes out next month! I’m working on the paperback now, so pre-order if you haven’t already. In this episode, I also include some songs from my playlist. Not your typical playlist, but I believe music is universal. As we build the bridge, let’s find out what we have in common. Deal?
June 17, 2020
Let’s Meet at the Bridge
*Disclaimer* (another special episode). One of my favorite lines in the movie Black Panther is when Angela Bassett yells to her son in his first official battle for the throne, “tell him who you are!” I love that line. When he says who he is, he wins the battle. He remembered. These past few weeks have been tough, but as part of building a bridge, I’ll tell you who I am. We may have more in common than you think.
June 09, 2020
Thank You from a Black Author
*Disclaimer: This is a special thank you to you all for being supportive during this time as we watch what’s happening in our country and around the world.
June 02, 2020
Ever done a Presale?
We’ve all heard of pre-orders, but what about a presale? Smashwords has launched its presale features that allows readers not only to reserve their copy, but they can read it prior to the release day! How am I working with this new feature? Have a listen!
May 26, 2020
Revive an Old Writing Project
I saw a post from last month on ProWritingAid’s blog that I thought I’d share. Having trouble finishing a manuscript? I have. Have a listen for some tips to help you finish your book. is mentioned in this episode.
May 14, 2020
Still Writing...
Thinking of Zoe is still going! I’ve yet to write the second plot point, but I’m excited as I build to the climax. Also, I have another announcement but I won’t share until later. Tune in for more.
May 08, 2020
Camp NaNoWriMo update
I’ve written over 25K for camp! The thing is... I’m not finished with the story as I thought I would. Listen in to hear my progress.
April 29, 2020
Anything for Noelle
Book 2 is here! Check your local retailers for your copy today. Thanks so much for your support of this series.
April 21, 2020
Progress with Thinking of Zoe
We’re about halfway into Camp NaNoWriMo. How’s my project coming? How’s yours?
April 15, 2020
The Unfinished Novel
Remember The Wedding Report? This time last year I was writing this story during Camp NaNo 2019 April. I set it to the side and moved on to another story. Guess what? It’s back! Listen in for tips in case you’re stuck with a story.
April 07, 2020
Authors going Virtual
I received another email from BookBub! Want to know how other authors are promoting their books during this time? Have a listen!
April 02, 2020
Camp NaNoWriMo April 2020
Thinking of Zoe is underway! I’m excited to write and participate in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo 2020. Are you participating?
March 31, 2020
Authors helping Authors
I received an article from BookBub that I wanted to share. Basically, it’s authors helping authors during this time. Enjoy!
March 26, 2020
Thinking of Zoe—Book 3
I’m loving my Bridge Point Romance series! Thanks so much for your support. Book three is underway while I’m finishing up edits with book two. Meet the stars of book three, Zoe and Alex!
March 24, 2020
Anything for Noelle is finished!
Book 2 of the Bridge Point Romance series is complete! Edits are coming along and I may be releasing it sooner. I’m excited for this story and the others to come!
March 18, 2020
Write a Pageturner (2)
We’re back with more tips on how to write a page turner! It’s not about the story you tell, but how you tell it. While some of us start with plots, I start with characters when I begin a new book. Listen in as I give some examples. Enjoy!
March 09, 2020
Write a Pageturner
It looks like as a writer I’ve gone from being “predictable” to “this story had me clutched!” How did I do that? I’m not an expert but I’ll share how to write a story that grips your readers. Enjoy! Articles from and are mentioned in this episode.
March 06, 2020
Meet the Cast—Anything for Noelle
We’re behind the scenes! Tommy and Noelle are the stars of my upcoming novella, Anything for Noelle (Book 2 of the Bridge Point Romance series). How long will the series last? Do these two have a love song?
March 05, 2020
Christmas Connection: Thank you!
The reviews are coming in for Christmas Connection (Bridge Point Romance, Book 1). Thank you all for your support! Book two is underway! Get your copy today
March 03, 2020
Revisiting Imposter Syndrome
We haven’t talked about this one in a while. Imposter Syndrome. It came up in my writers group and in a webinar. So... let’s revisit it.
February 28, 2020
Christmas Connection is here!
Christmas Connection (Bridge Point Romance, Book 1) is available at Amazon! Coming to other retailers soon! Enjoy the story of Jackson and Bailey. More to come in this series! Link book
February 25, 2020
Structuring Scenes
The more I write, the more I learn. Here are some tips on structuring your scenes. How do you know where to start? Is this scene necessary? What should be included? Have a listen. I also recommend Reedsy’s YouTube video “How to Write a Scene.” Enjoy! is mentioned in this episode.
February 19, 2020
Big Announcement!
Christmas Connection is almost finished! Guess what? There will be a book two! Yay! My first series!
February 12, 2020
Behind the Scenes: Christmas Therapy
Another look behind the scenes at Christmas Therapy! I’ve included a list of songs as part of the book’s playlist. Pre-order today at any major retailer (Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc). It will be available on Amazon soon!
February 04, 2020
Christmas Connection Update
My short novella is almost done, but every story has a process. I’ve gone back and forth with these characters but the journey is almost over. How’s it going? Have a listen.
January 30, 2020
Christmas Therapy is coming!
I’ve been writing this book since last year and it’s in the final stages. Finally! Look for the pre-order in all major retailers! It will also be available on Amazon as both an ebook and paperback!
January 24, 2020
Tips on Social Media
I recently got an email titled “Three Social Media Mistakes for Would-Be Authors.” How can we implement social media as writers? Should it be all about marketing your book? Should you get personal with your audience? How serious is it? is mentioned in this episode.
January 22, 2020
Character wounds—part 2
What if you’re still struggling with your characters’ wounds? What’s wrong with them? Will you ever pinpoint it? Patience is key. How do I know? Remember goals, motivations, and stakes. Have a listen.
January 14, 2020
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all a happy new year! Any goals this year? What did you accomplish last year?
January 06, 2020
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! Enjoy your family and friends. Be blessed!
December 23, 2019
Character wounds
How do you choose a wound that best suits your character? How do you know it’s them? Will it fit in the story?
December 18, 2019
Save the Cat—The Princess Bride (Act 3)
We made it! We’re in act three of The Princess Bride (1987) film using the Save the Cat Beat sheet. Never forget that endings are just as important as the beginnings. Learn how to bring your stories to a satisfying climax! is mentioned in this episode.
December 11, 2019
Save the Cat—The Princess Bride (Act 2)
We’re in act two of The Princess Bride (1987) film using the Save the Cat beat sheets. The middle is roughly fifty percent of your book. No one wants a “saggy” middle. Have a listen.
December 04, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s the holidays already? Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you enjoy the holiday with you and yours.
November 28, 2019
Save the Cat—The Princess Bride (Act 1)
I’m going through the beats of The Princess Bride (1987 film) using the Save the Cat beat sheet. I hope this will help authors even more as they plot their novels. and Blake Synder’s Save the Cat are mentioned in this episode.
November 26, 2019
Romance Rehab
Thanks to fellow authors, I’ve discovered Romance Rehab. Not does this site offer book reviews, but it includes help with your book blurbs. Have a listen in case you didn’t know! is mentioned in this episode.
November 20, 2019
Pep Talk—The Dripping Faucet
I haven’t been able to actually write my story until now. Here’s some encouragement for us all. Keep going writers! The words will come.
November 15, 2019
New Novella!
In between writing my novels, I’m working on short stories and novellas. This one here is a new novella I hope to have in time for Christmas. Christmas Connection soon!
November 13, 2019
Plotting Your Novel—Save the Cat
I’ve recently been using Save the Cat to help plot my work. Learn all 15 beats here! Do you need all 15 beats? Not necessarily, but at least you have a system to follow. Savannah Gilbo’s “How to Plot a Novel with the Save the Cat Sheet” and YouTube video “Breaking Down Plot Structure: Save the Cat” by Reedsy are mentioned in this episode.
November 06, 2019
Don’t be afraid to take risks
When writing Christmas Therapy, I struggled with raising the stakes with my characters. I didn’t want the worst to happen to them, but that led to readers calling my work predictable. So... what was my solution to this? After participating in the romance writer’s summit, my decision to raise the stakes was reaffirmed. Was it worth it?
October 31, 2019
Revising some more
Round two of revisions are underway for Christmas Therapy! I haven’t set a release date as of yet, but it’ll be announced soon. So excited for this story!
October 29, 2019
Are you doing Camp Nano?
National Novel Writing Month is almost here! Are you ready? Am I ready? Have a listen.
October 23, 2019
Romance Summit Takeaway
If you’ve been keeping with the Romance Summit this week, you’ve been learning different ways to craft your stories better. What was a takeaway for me? Have a listen.
October 18, 2019
Romance Writers Craft Summit
I signed up recently for the Romance Writers Craft Summit. This week videos are live and taught by experts from world building to creating tension for your stories. Have you signed up? is mentioned in this episode.
October 15, 2019
First Round of Revisions
Finally the first round of revisions are done! I’ve sent Christmas Therapy to my critique partner! How do I feel? Have a listen.
October 10, 2019
More Writer’s Guides
Recently I have discovered a guide that helped me in writing sweet romance. Victorine E. Lieske’s How to Write a Swoon-Worthy Sweet Romance Novel. Have a listen.
October 01, 2019
Hallmark Review—An Unforgettable Christmas
I have another book review! An Unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird is a available now! Check out my review for Hallmark Publishing on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble! I enjoyed it and I hope you do too!
September 30, 2019
We’re Close
Sometimes it feels like revisions will never be over! Well, I’ve been in the revision cave all month. I have 14 scenes left to revise! Christmas Therapy is coming soon!
September 27, 2019
Hallmark Review—A Royal Christmas Wish
Have you read A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane? I had the privilege of reading this book for Hallmark and I loved it! Check out my review at Amazon, Goodreads, my blog, and Barnes and Noble! Amazing read! Enjoy!
September 24, 2019
Reader Magnet?
Is a reader magnet necessary? As I build my newsletter, now almost 700 subscribers, did a reader magnet make a difference? For me, yes! Whether it’s a short story, novella, or even a full length novel, have something for readers to take a chance on you. It’ll be worth it in the long run.
September 20, 2019
Hallmark Review—A Gingerbread Romance
I have another review for Hallmark; A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker! This was a Christmas movie that aired last year starring Tia Mowry. Hallmark Publishing turned it into a book so I was excited for the chance to review it! My review will be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble!
September 18, 2019
Hallmark Review—Out of the Picture
Looking for a cozy mystery? I recently reviewed Tracy Gardner’s Out of the Picture from Hallmark Publishing. Check out my review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and my blog at
September 13, 2019
Revising (Part 5)
“Elements of setting: How to create a vivid world” at is mentioned in this episode. Learn how to paint the picture into your novel with words. Having a hard time with descriptions? Establishing settings? Have a listen.
September 11, 2019
Revising (Part 4)
Where is your scene happening? Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s “Urban and Rural Thesaurus” guides and are mentioned in this episode.
September 06, 2019
In case you were wondering
A lot happening, but things are going well. Wish for Love releases September 14th and Christmas Therapy has a cover! Wow!
September 05, 2019
Pep Talk—Your Writer’s Voice
This is the second topic you all chose. Thanks writing community! Your writer’s voice is essential. Why? It’s what makes your writing unique. How do you find it? Have a listen.
September 02, 2019
Thanks for the support!
I’ll be celebrating my birthday tomorrow, August 31st, but I wanted to take the time to think you all. I’m grateful for your support of this podcast an my work. There’s more to come!
September 02, 2019
Pep Talk—Consistency
This is one of the two topics that won the vote! Thanks writing community. So... how do you stay consistent? Let’s see how we can tackle this one together.
August 29, 2019
Revising (Part 3)
What have I learned so far as I revise? So far I’m fifteen percent into the process, but I can tell a few things already. Have a listen and I’ll share.
August 27, 2019
Take Your Time
As I revise, I’m tempted to want to rush through the process and get it done. Anyone else feel this way? My advice for us all, is take your time. **Due to a technical glitch this episode was deleted and uploaded again.**
August 24, 2019
Revising (Part 2)
“Save the Cat!” Never used it until now but it’s coming in handy. What does this have to do with revising? Sometimes we have to backtrack when writing. Now that your book is written, can you highlight the key scenes. Save the Cat by Blake Synder and Reedsy are mentioned in this episode.
August 22, 2019
Revising (Part 1)
I’m revising and can’t wait to share my first tip with you all! Do you have to use what I use? No, but I will share nonetheless. You’re revising! Great, but where do you start? Why not start with your key scenes (hook, inciting incident, 1st plot point, middle, etc.)? is mentioned in this episode.
August 20, 2019
Read any good books lately?
I love reading! There’s no stopping it. Looking for something to read? Check out The Color of God’s Eyes by Christina Barr and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle.
August 16, 2019
Tips for your Book launch
Now that I’ve held a book launch, any tips? What are some best practices in my opinion? This is only what I did. Looking for any more suggestions, I suggest you search it out and find what works best for you.
August 12, 2019
It’s Okay
Have I started the revising process? No. I’m taking a break. Guess what? It’s okay.
August 09, 2019
Looking to grow your mailing list? I’ve recently signed up for Bookfunnel. Have a listen and hear how you can use it to grow your readership. is mentioned in this episode.
August 06, 2019
Celebrate where you are
Whether you finished for camp nano or on your own timeline, you wrote a book! That’s an accomplishment! Celebrate where you are. I am.
August 02, 2019
Camp is over! How did you do?
Camp nano is over! How did you do? Whether you met your original goal or not, did you write? How do I feel about 70K instead of my orginal 90k? Have a listen.
August 01, 2019
The Final Countdown
One more day for Camp Nano! How am I doing still? Have a listen.
July 30, 2019
The Home Stretch
This week has been super busy so here’s an update on my work in progress. I hope you all are still pushing to finish your goal. We’re in the home stretch. There’s also an announcement I have, so tune in to listen!
July 26, 2019
Camp Nano—Hitting the Wall
Last full week of camp nano. I’m nearly 20k away from finishing but it hasn’t been easy. Ever heard of hitting the wall? This phrase is common among runners right before they hit the finish line in a race. This “wall” technically doesn’t exist, but it can play on the mind to where most give up and don’t finish. I’m seeing the same with writing but staying the course is key. Have a listen.
July 23, 2019
Pep Talk—The Comparison Game (2)
I wanted to do a follow up on the Comparison Game episode. I recently painted a picture this week, and it made me think about what we face as writers. What did I learn? Paint your picture; write your story.
July 19, 2019
Writing Dialogue
It’s one of my favorite things to write, dialogue. It comes natural to me to write a conversation. So... how do you do that? How do you write strong dialogue? “How to Write Dialogue: 6 Tips for Writing Powerful Dialogue” at is mentioned in this episode.
July 19, 2019
Plot Twists
My work in progress for camp nano is coming along. So much so, I wrote a plot twist! How do you write them into your story? Which ones fit best? “10 Simple Tips for Writing Clever Plot Twists” at is mentioned in this episode.
July 18, 2019
Camp Nano Week 2 progress—12K!
To keep you posted, here’s my process from week 2. I didn’t realize how much I wrote until I checked this past Friday. 12K? I’m still stoked!
July 16, 2019
Pep Talk—The Comparison Game
Thanks writing community for voting! We’ve been waiting for this topic for a while and I believe it’s long overdue. Should you compare yourself to another writer? I’ve struggled with this too so you’re not alone. What helps me? Have a listen and I hope it encourages you.
July 12, 2019
Camp Nano—Freedom with my Outline
I wrote a little over 10K during my first week of camp. How? I have found that there is freedom using my outline. I used to think the opposite, and an outline would put my story in box with no room. I was wrong.
July 09, 2019
Thank you—Match-Made Christmas!
Thank you all who supported Match-Made Christmas’ launch!
July 08, 2019
Book Launch Time!!!
Match-Made Christmas is available tomorrow so check your favorite retailers! To celebrate the launch, I have a surprise! As a treat, here are some book launch tips from some amazing people in the writing community! Give them a follow and show your support! Special thanks to Sadie Chelsea, Rachael Bloome, Valencia Stokes, Rebecca Reddell, Emelia Hebert, and Elira Barnes!
July 05, 2019
Hallmark Book Review
A Down Home Christmas by Liz Talley releases today! Hallmark Publishing gave me the opportunity to review this sweet story, so check out my review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble! Christmas in July is here!
July 02, 2019
Author Confessions: Book launch
It’s almost here, Match-Made Christmas’ release date! I can’t wait, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous. True author confessions here.
July 02, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo is back!!
Camp nano starts again today! Are you ready? I am and I can’t wait to finish my next novel. Also, my first short story will be released tomorrow. Check out For Christmas (The Morgan Sisters) at
July 01, 2019
One week left!
On July 6, 2019 Match-Made Christmas releases! This is my first attempt at a book launch. While there may not one for every book, I want to see how it goes. My best tip on having one so far, find what works best for you and tweak whatever you need to. Tune in to hear what I’ll be doing the day of the release!
June 28, 2019
Writing Short Stories?
For Christmas in July, I will have short stories available! Yes, they will be Christmas themed. Visit for more info if you’re looking for another digital publishing platform. Subscribe to Channilllo if you’d like to read my short stories.
June 25, 2019
July Camp NanoWriMo
Camp Nano is back for July! Are you signed up for the month? I decided to try again and I’m with my cabin mates from before, along with a few new ones. How do I feel this time around? My goal for this project? Have a listen.
June 24, 2019
How to Write from your Outline
So... you have an outline with acts one through three. Each scene has 1-2 sentences for where it’s going, and you’re set to go. You’re ready to write, right? How do you transfer your outline to a chapter or scene of 1-2K words? How do you go from a 14 page outline (mine) to 90K? Trust me when I say I have searched this out and all I saw was how to outline. Not much on this topic unless I missed something. Even I can’t give you a concrete answer since every writer is different. However, I will share how I’m writing from mine, especially since this is my first time using an outline. Also check out K.M. Weiland’s podcast Helping Writers Become Authors episode 464 for more info.
June 21, 2019
Author Confessions: It’ll Come
Today’s topic is what I’ve been dealing with, so it’s for both of us. Remember, no matter how short or long it takes to write your manuscript, it’ll come. I’ve had to remind myself of this since words have moved slow for me these last few weeks—as in only 83-475 words in the last few weeks. Today, I wrote a little over 3K! What to do when the words won’t come? Have a listen.
June 20, 2019
Behind the Scenes of Match-Made Christmas
Only two more weeks before Match-Made Christmas releases! Here’s a behind the scenes the story. Meet Adrienne Fields and Trace Carson! Go to to pre-order! 
June 19, 2019
How did Booksprout do?
Here’s another update from ARC giveaways! 4 out of 5 star average for Match-Made Christmas! Looking for reviews? I do recommend Booksprout as one avenue to get book reviews. Have a listen.
June 17, 2019
Pep Talk—Discouragement
Here’s another one for you writing community! Thanks for your votes. Discouragement. It hits us all in one way or another. I hope this episode encourages you. All I can do is share my experiences. Remember, you’re not alone.
June 14, 2019
The Bundle
Fictionary and ProWritingAid were recently bundled. I chose to invest in both for a year. Have a listen to hear about both. and are mentioned in this episode.
June 12, 2019
Story Origin Update
Wanted to give you all a quick update. So... last time I told you about story origin, I had 17 new subscribers. I now have 96!!! The promotion just began. Wow! is mentioned in this episode.
June 11, 2019
Hallmark? What?
So... I signed up to be a book reviewer for Hallmark Publishing. I honestly forgot about it until they emailed me with a FREE book! I finished Teri Wilson’s newest release, Love at the Shore. If you haven’t checked out the movie be sure to do so. Super cute! My review will be posted this week! Official release date for the book is June 11th!
June 10, 2019
Story Origin
Story Origin is a marketing tool that can be used for free delivery of your books and email list building. You can integrate your existing mailing list, newsletter swap, universal book links, group giveaways, and more! I’ve already gained 17 new subscribers to my newsletter! Check them out at
June 07, 2019
One or the Other
You’re either writing or editing. Which one are you? I’m the latter. Have a listen.
June 06, 2019
Meet the Cast: Wish for Love
Another behind the scenes with upcoming Wish for Love! Meet Leah Morris and Cole Parsons. Here’s a sneak peek into their goals, motivations, and personalities.
June 04, 2019
Pep Talk—Confidence as a Writer
Time for another pep talk. Thank you writing community for voting! Confidence as a writer won so let’s get to it.
June 03, 2019
Change of Plans
So you’re writing a story, but then another one takes over. You’re so close to finishing the first one but the second story pops up. Or maybe you had both in mind so you set one aside, but now the first one is coming back to you. Sound familiar? I’m dealing with it right now. What do you do when you lose focus with one story and start another one? Have a listen.
May 31, 2019
Sometimes you need to think
It’s so simple, but yet we forget the simple things. Having trouble with your story? Well... when was the last time you thought about it? Have a listen.
May 30, 2019
Guest Blogging
Another way to get your name out there as a writer is to guest post on blogs! Be willing to offer something of value to fellow authors whether it’s information, tips, or services. We all have something to contribute so never feel like to you have to know it all. I’ve learned so much in my own writing journey, and I don’t mind sharing what I’ve learned. That being said, I’ll be guest blogging on fellow writer Elira Barnes’ blog in June! Look for the hashtag #BloggingWithElira to support fellow writers participating and look for my post! Follow her @authorelirab. I’ll also be on Rachael Bloome’s website! Look for it at @rachaelbloome
May 28, 2019
Pep Talk—Dealing with Rejection
It’s time for another pep talk. Thanks writing community for voting! Here’s some encouragement for you and remember you’re not alone.
May 24, 2019
“Use it sparingly.” That’s what I’ve been told and what try to remind myself as a writer. Similes, metaphors, body language, facial expressions, etc., use these sparingly. What does this even mean? Is there a limit of what you can use per page per page? As you revise, ask your trusted writer friends what’s working and what’s not. Have a listen to hear more.
May 23, 2019
Past or present tense?
Which tense should your story be written in? Past or present? “Past or Present Tense: Which is Best?” is mentioned in this episode.
May 22, 2019
Confessions of an Author: My 100th Episode!!!
I can’t believe this is episode 100! Thank you so much for tuning in all over the world. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tune in to hear more about me, what’s in the future for the show, what I’m working on, and more!!!
May 21, 2019
Stay coachable
Some of us do have the natural gift with words, but a lot of us have learned what it takes to craft a story. I had no knowledge prior to publication in what it took to write a great story. Should you invest in writers’ guides, conferences, and writing courses? Have a listen!
May 20, 2019
Are you repeating yourself?
Are you repeating yourself? Whether it’s crutch words such as “like,” “just,” “I admit,” and my personal favorite “well.” Or perhaps you rehash things in your manuscript. Did you point something out in one chapter but repeated it again in another? Have a listen. Big shout out to the writing community for their tips!
May 17, 2019
Blog Tours
Should you do a book tour? Since everything is digital now, what about a blog tour? Is it worth it to spread the word about your book? I’m considering this so have a listen. ”Everything You Need to Know about Organizing a Blog Tour” at
May 16, 2019
We have another guest!
Welcome my next guest to my podcast, Rachael Bloome! She’s a fellow sweet romance author and if you haven’t downloaded her free novella, Puzzle Pieces, do so now at her website and online stores such as Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Apple Books. Rachael is an amazing writer! Not only does she share about her life as an author, but we discuss imposter syndrome and having confidence as a writer. Listen in to our chat! Visit Disclaimer: some glitches due to connection issues, but we did our best.
May 15, 2019
You May Need a Pen
While I’ve grown accustomed to writing on my laptop, I recently picked up a pen and notebook to help me out of a creative slump. Having trouble with your work in progress? You may need a pen.
May 13, 2019
Fear of Failure/Success
Here’s some encouragement for my fellow writers. This was not easy to talk about, but I hope it helps you in one way or another. I don’t have all the answers, but I will share how I walk through this every day. I can only say so much, so it really boils down to you making the decision.
May 10, 2019
More Tips for your Author Newsletter
Once a month is usually common when sending out announcements, book cover reveals, book launch dates, etc. to readers. Is that it? What else can you put in your newsletter? Running out of ideas? Just getting started and don’t know what to do? and 20 email tips & tricks for Author newsletters from are mentioned in this episode.
May 09, 2019
Underwriter Tips
Are you an underwriter? What is it exactly? Well... you’ve run out of words to put into your manuscript. If you’re like me, you’re close to the end of your book at 50K when you want 85K. That’s 35K away! What do you do to add more without dragging your story? is mentioned in this episode.
May 08, 2019
I have a Newsletter!
My newsletter is here! If you haven’t subscribed to my mailing list, go to to sign up through the pop up window. What I’ve learned from this process? Be yourself.
May 07, 2019
The Write Track
I recently was a guest panelist on The Write Track podcast. I had an awesome time getting to know Valencia Stokes, Rebekah Dodson, and Aksa Mahmood. Have a listen to the episode as we discuss the romance genre itself, industry news, and how to protect yourself from trolls. Available on Podbean and Spotify.
May 07, 2019
Bad Reviews
Bad reviews. I hate to break the news to you but they’re inevitable. No matter how hard you work to have a polished manuscript (traditional or independent), there’s always going to be a small group of people that don’t like your book. They won’t even like you and there is no justifiable reason. What do you do?
May 06, 2019
When Should You Start Marketing?
Marketing can seem daunting for a writer. Not only do you want your book to sell well, readers want to connect with you. You’re basically selling yourself, but in a good way. When does this process start? Before your book’s finished? After you’re published? Have a listen. Check out Vivien Reis‘ “How to Market Yourself as an Author” on YouTube. Great stuff for indie and traditional authors.
May 03, 2019
WIP—Wish for Love
Awesome news! Meet the main characters of Wish for Love coming to you later this year! We have our leading lady, Leah Morris, and our leading man, Cole Parsons. Have a listen!
May 02, 2019
It’s a New Month! What now?
It’s a new month! Congrats if you made your CampNaNoWri goals, and congrats if you didn’t! I didn’t so you’re not alone lol. Not set topic here. Just an update of my goals for the month and others projects for the future.
May 01, 2019
How Many Drafts Do I Need?
The first draft is only the tip of the iceberg. Your manuscript is no where close to being finished. So... how many do you need?
April 30, 2019
That Feeling You Get
With the launch around the corner, how do I feel? Well... this is dedicated to the authors that wonder is there book good enough. I hear you and I know how you feel. Here’s some motivation for you and myself.
April 29, 2019
Writing Camp: What Did I Learn?
With only a few days left, what have I learned from participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? A lot believe it or not. Have a listen.
April 26, 2019
Staying Focused
Keeping the finish line in view as you write your story. Is the journey frustrating? Yes. Do you get stuck? Yes. Do we quit? No way. I used to play basketball so one of the things I learned was to pivot so I wouldn’t travel with the ball as the guard. Same with writing, when things happen, pivot. is mentioned in this episode.
April 26, 2019
Are you Querying?
Another episode for my traditional writers! For the manuscripts I did query, what was my strategy? I personally invested and had my editor write my query letter since I was so new to the process. I’m so glad she was able to summarize the words that I had already written. I felt much more confident sending it out to the publisher I chose. If that’s not in the budget for you, here are a few tips based off an example I found and how I tweaked some things based off of what my editor wrote. I will add, do your research and follow the guidelines to the letter. and are mentioned in this episode.
April 25, 2019
Pacing your story—part 2
As promised, this is part 2 of pacing your story. Not much different from what I shared in part 1, but I’ll share anyway. and are mentioned in this episode.
April 25, 2019
Stop Procrastinating
You’re sitting in front of the laptop, and you get nothing. Perhaps you have your phone on social media? Does life get in the way? How are you supposed to finish your story? Are you distracted without even knowing it? Or could it be... procrastination?
April 24, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo Update
Another Camp NaNoWriMo update. How’s it going?
April 23, 2019
The Waiting Game
For all my authors wanting traditional publishing, this one’s for you! Though the majority of my work is self-published, I did query my most recent manuscript back in February. I hit the send button! So... what now? I’m waiting just like you. What do we do when we’re waiting. I’ll tell you what I’m doing.
April 22, 2019
Long or short book?
Is a longer book better than a shorter one? Does it matter? Does it depend on the story? While my personal goal as a writer is to write a 100K novel, that doesn’t mean anything less is wrong. Have a listen.
April 22, 2019
Writing 13K in 4 days
So... yeah, 13,324 in four days. I’m currently at 26,456 in my work in progress. Is there a secret to this? Have a listen.
April 18, 2019
Pacing your story—part 1
Don’t move too fast but don’t drag your story. What do you do? This is my personal opinion on how I write. Part 2 will cover more research.
April 18, 2019
WIP—Christmas Therapy
Christmas Therapy, a new sweet romance coming soon! Meet the main characters! My own way of doing a behind the scenes/meet the cast. I used to create character profiles.
April 17, 2019
My Writing Sprints
So I decided to experiment with the writing sprints this week. How have they worked so far? Have I made any progress? Should you try it as a last resort? How does a little over 9K in two days sound? Have a listen.
April 17, 2019
A Mailing List?
Now that you’re gaining a following, how do you keep track of readers? How do they know new works are coming out? An email list? Though social media is important, nothing can replace a good old fashioned email. Have a listen. is mentioned in this episode.
April 16, 2019
How many words per chapter?
What’s a sufficient word count for your chapter? When is it over? Have a listen.
April 16, 2019
Should I Write in Sprints?
What’s a writing sprint? Time set aside where you do nothing but write with no distractions. It can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. For those of us that work outside jobs or have other responsibilities, is this helpful? Tune to hear the results of my trial with sprinting.
April 15, 2019
How I Write
Here’s a typical writing session for me. Do I write so many words a day? Is there a deadline as an indie author? Music or silence? Outline or no outline? Listen in for my answers. Shout out to my listeners. I called everyone out except I forgot Canada. Thank you listeners in Canada!
April 15, 2019
Should I Fast Draft?
How fast do you write? Should it matter as an indie author? What steps need to be taken if you do? What if you don’t finish by the date you originally intended? Is it even worth it?
April 15, 2019
The Story behind Match-Made Christmas
How did my newest release, Match-Made Christmas, come to life? Well... though an indie author, I decided to query this story to a publisher that I thought was the perfect fit. Tune in to hear the rest of the story.
April 13, 2019
Sizing your Paperback
Trim size and paper color. How do you pick for your paperback?
April 12, 2019
The Middle
We know how to open a book and that the climax brings our story to an end. What about the middle? It shouldn’t drag but don’t rush it either.
April 12, 2019
Just Don’t
Dedicated to the Writing Community. Just don’t.
April 12, 2019
Paperbacks? Ebooks? Both?
Though ebooks have become popular, does that mean a good old fashioned paperback book has died? As an author, do you need both? is mentioned in this episode.
April 11, 2019
Launching your Book
Now that the release date is in July, how will I be promoting Match-Made Christmas? Is there a formula for a successful book launch? While I can only share what I have learned so far, here’s a few things I’ve implemented over the years. is mentioned in this episode and don’t forget to check out to find bloggers!
April 10, 2019
Christmas & Paperbacks in July!
Instead of releasing Match-Made Christmas later this year, it’ll be available on July 6, 2019! Christmas in July! Not only that, you’ll have the choice between ebooks and paperbacks. Look for it on Amazon. Pre-order today!
April 09, 2019
Can I Do it Alone?
Is the writing community important? Should I get involved? Hear from someone who thought she could do it alone as an indie author. It was me and it didn’t work. Hear how I was in the past. I thought no one paid attention, but it was all in my head due to self doubt. Break free today, because someone is paying attention.
April 09, 2019
Should I Be Exclusive?
Amazon KDP or Amazon KDP Select? Learn the importance of building deep and wide with your books and not constricting yourself. Again, the final decision is up to you. This is what I do as an indie author, so listen and decide for yourself. This concept was discussed at SelfPubCon2019.
April 08, 2019
Sifting through Feedback
Yay! You got your feedback from critique partners, beta readers and your editor. Now... what? Which advise do you listen to, especially if it’s your first time working with them? Is all advise good? Listen in for my opinion, but ultimately then final decision is up to you.
April 08, 2019
Should I Do a Giveaway?
ARCs copies and giveaways? Are they worth it? How much is too much? and are mentioned in this episode.
April 06, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo
So I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for the month of April. I’m assigned to a virtual cabin with about ten other writers. Give all my cabin mates a follow if you’re not doing so already. So... how’s camp going? Have a listen is mentioned in this episode. My cabin mates are on Instagram @s.f.barkley, @loridianni_writer, @miacarterauthorof, @danaterrystories, @authorpiperk, @rachaelbloome, @lazygirlreads, @wewhotellstories, @dianamariehall, & @melmcguire.1
April 05, 2019
Our First Guest!
This is what happens when you step outside the box. Fellow writers notice! Welcome our first guest, Sadie Chelsea, you can also follow her on Twitter @sadiewriter and all other social media platforms. Can’t wait to share our interview swap with you all! Disclaimer: Internet issues cut us off the first time, so this is take 2. Some parts may still sound choppy, but we laugh anyway 😄 nobody’s perfect. Don’t miss out on her giveaway either. Tune in for the link!
April 05, 2019
Never give up
The key with writing is to keep going. You can do it!
April 04, 2019
I’m Stuck Now What?
So you’re writing and you hit a mental block. What now?
April 04, 2019
Your Social Media Platform
Let’s face it, everyone these days is mostly on social media. How do you approach it for your author platform? Listen in for my opinion. Don’t forget to protect yourself, especially when it comes to inappropriate behavior, bullies, and trolls.
April 04, 2019
Book Reviews
Believe it or not, book reviews are the lifeline of a book. They’re not for us the authors, but they are for readers to help them decide if they want to download or purchase your book. Do you want mostly 5 star reviews? Is it realistic to have a range from 1-5 stars? Have a listen so you can be better prepared. and are mentioned in this episode.
April 03, 2019
First person vs third person narrative
How do you decide if your story should be in first person or third person narrative? What are the pros and cons? Does it matter to readers? I’ll share my opinion but the final decision is up to you. FYI, if you hear a boom in the background, there was a plant fire in Crosby, TX. 😳 My area’s not affected, but send prayers for those that were🙏🏾
April 02, 2019
The Normal World
Setting up the normal world in your novel? How much time should be allotted before the inciting incident? Is there a word count minimum of setting up your main character’s normal world? I mention K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel in this episode.
April 02, 2019
Necessity or Splurge?
Indie authors, ever wonder what you need as opposed to what you want in order to publish your book? Is it a need or is it a splurge? This is my opinion on what I needed and didn’t need to make my book a success. Have I arrived yet? No, but I’ll share with you what I’ve learned so far. Note: mail chimp subscribers stop at 2K under the free account. Choosing a paid account has unlimited followers.
April 01, 2019
Dealing with Writer’s Block
Writer’s block? I hate it as much as any other author. What do you do to solve it?
March 29, 2019
Just Get it Written
Sometimes we think too much and we end up stifling our own creative writing process. Here’s some motivation fellow writers. Just get it written!
March 28, 2019
Do I need both?
Critique partners and beta readers. Do I really need both? Well...
March 28, 2019
Still looking for beta readers?
What’s the best way to find beta readers? While there are multiple sources, I mention CP matchmaking,, and in this episode. Here’s what I’ve discovered on my journey.
March 27, 2019
How do you know?
Is my book a good idea? Should I go ahead and write it or keep it to myself? Where’s the defining line?
March 26, 2019
Story Map
This episode is a follow on my tutorial on particularly dealing with mapping out your story. How to go from your setup to the aftermath of your manuscript. How do you organize it?
March 26, 2019
If I knew then what I know now
Ever wish you could talk to your former writing self? What advice would you give? What pitfalls would you have avoided?
March 25, 2019
When is my book over?
How long should my book be? Depending on your genre, the word count can have various ranges. Since I’m in the romance genre, it can range from 50K to 90K. I’ve even seen 100K! You might think, how am I supposed to write 100K? When is my book over?
March 25, 2019
Booksprout update!
Here I’m giving an update on my experience so far with I’ve already received a 4 star review for my upcoming release, Match-Made Christmas! Yes it’s only one review, but it’s better than zero.
March 22, 2019
ARCs? These are advanced readers copies of books that an author chooses to give away in exchange for a review. This comes in handy right before your official release date. It builds excitement and publicity for your book! So... how do you get them? Here’s one way! is mentioned in this episode. Follow @booksproutapp
March 21, 2019
Critique Match??
Because I’m scoping for beta readers, I’m exploring all possibilities. I’ve recently discovered and I’ve already found a beta reader! Listen to see how this site works.
March 20, 2019
Imposter Syndrome
Am I really a writer? Should I even be doing this? I’m not the best so why bother? Am I a fraud? Is this journey even worth it?
March 19, 2019
No Head-Hopping
Head-hopping? What is that? It confuses readers and overall it’s not good. Here I’ll share on how to avoid this in your books and how you can makes the changes if you’re doing this. Head-Hopping Gives Readers Whiplash by Beth Hill, fiction editor and novel editor Ellen Brock are mentioned in this episode.
March 18, 2019
I participated in ALLi’s self publishing conference this past weekend. What did I take away? Have a listen and find out.
March 18, 2019
What makes a great book?
What truly makes a great book? Is it the outlining? The plotting? Is it the polished grammar or inciting incident? What about the climax and the denouement? Perhaps it’s the conflict and tension that’s added to keep readers on their toes. Then again, what if it’s none of those things? Could it be that what makes a great book is... the author?
March 15, 2019
Revising, Revising, Revising
Revising your manuscript. Some of us love it, and the rest of us hate it with a passion. Which one am I? Have a listen.
March 14, 2019
Breakup with Backstory
I’m seeing a lot of backstory as I work with my critique partners. I’m still dealing with it myself. What am I learning about it and what’s the best way to handle it? How can you tell if you’re using too much backstory? Are you “info dumping” unnecessarily? How can we break up with it? This is a follow up to the previous episode “Backstory.” I refer to Sandra Gerth’s book Show, Don’t Tell, K.M. Weiland, and Ellen Brock in this episode.
March 13, 2019
Critique Partners—part 3
I’m learning a lot as I work with critique partners. In this episode we’ll discuss how to give and receive constructive criticism from your CP. How much is too much critiquing? Do you point out everything you see? How do you establish boundaries?
March 13, 2019
Self Publishing Conference 2019
March 16th through the 17th, I’ll be participating in the free Self Publishing Conference online. Anybody else attending? Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi) is mentioned in this episode.
March 12, 2019
Looking for Beta Readers?
Recently one of my tweets was liked by @betareaderapp. I further looked into their website to check them out. Listen to see what they’re all about.
March 12, 2019
What the hook? Part 2
Recently I received advice from developmental editor and book coach Savannah. Her advice on setups/hooks set off a lightbulb in my head💡I had to share it with you all! Still having trouble deciding where to start your book? How do you know you’re starting it in the right place? I’ll be sharing Savannah’s advice in this episode. Follow her on Twitter @savannahgilbo
March 11, 2019
Critique partners—part 2
So you’ve found critique partners! Yay! Now what? How well will you work together? Can you gracefully back out if you prefer to look for someone new? How do you keep up the communication? @CPmatchmaking is mentioned in this episode.
March 11, 2019
Pricing my book
Indie authors, what’s a good strategy for pricing your books? Should you price them for free, 0.99, $2.99+. I’ll share how to price ebooks along with paperback books. While you do want to remain competitive in your pricing, are there times when free works in your favor? Should you do this all the time? Of course not. This is your business, so don’t cheapen the quality of your work. Strategy is the key. andAmazon KDP are mentioned in this episode.
March 08, 2019
Self Publishing
My journey to publication. While I do plan on traditionally publishing in the future, here’s my experience with self publishing. is mentioned this episode along with, Goodreads and Booklikes.
March 08, 2019
Since I’m working on outlining my next novel, I recently discovered yWriter software. This is a software to organize scenes, chapters, characters, and settings at a glance. Listen to my thoughts. I mention K.M. Weiland and Simon Haynes in this episode.
March 08, 2019
To Outline or not to Outline?
Should you use an outline? If so... which one? I’ll be referring to K.M. Weiland’s How to Outline your Novel and
March 08, 2019
Symbols and Motifs
According to “symbols and motifs add depth by placing harmonic elements into a story to reinforce an author’s emotion rich insight.” Say what? Think of it as another way of using metaphors or similes. Figurative language ring a bell? I’ll explain.
March 07, 2019
What the Hook?
Hooks. They are usually the first opening lines in your manuscript. It’s also your readers’ third impression of you as an author after your cover and blurb. What do you do? K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel is mentioned in this episode.
March 07, 2019
How do I approach cover design?
Cover design. Is yours eye catching or amateurish? What’s the best thing to do when you’re a writer on a budget? Should you make it yourself? The cover is the first thing readers see before they even read your blurb. Is it wise to make your own or hire a professional? I mention MS PowerPoint, shutterstockcom,, and in this episode. At the end of the day, make the decision that works best for you. When using MS PowerPoint, save file as a JPEG.
March 06, 2019
Getting to know your characters
How do you get to know your characters? How do you make them 3-dimensional? Here I’ll share my process of creating well rounded and relatable characters. I reference This is a longer episode, but I think you’ll thank me😉👍
March 04, 2019
What’s Wattpad?
This idea came to me, so I wanted to share. If you’re a beginner to critique partners, here’s how I practice my skills without necessarily being someone’s partner. I mention in this episode. Read other works by fellow authors and comment on those who ask for feedback on their work. Also be willing to receive feedback in return. Practice here! :)
March 04, 2019
One Stop—Part 3
I’m loving In this episode, we’ll explore more of this one stop website for authors everywhere. Not only do they have character builder profiles, but also setting thesaurus’, story maps, scene maps, templates and worksheets, world building surveys, and timelines. I know 😳😄 crazy amazing!
March 01, 2019
One Stop?
The One Stop for Writers by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, and Lee Powell. Does this work? From character building, world building, and mapping scenes, you’ll find it here. Is the investment worth it? is mentioned in this episode💻
February 28, 2019
Hit the Send Button—part 2
Wanted to follow up and let you guys know I sent in my manuscript. Total word count, 69,717 words. I did it! I hit the send button! Will you join me? If you don’t write it, who will?
February 27, 2019
Hit the Send Button
I’m two days away from querying next manuscript. It’s been a long six months. What do you do when you’re right there?
February 26, 2019
Music and Prose
I play the piano by ear after not having touched a keyboard for 17 years! However, almost 5 years later with practice and commitment, I’m now a musician at my church. How does this relate with my writing? Each take practice. Listen and I’ll share.
February 25, 2019
Backstory: Should I or shouldn’t I? While backstory is okay, you don’t want to drag the story. Here you’ll find out when to use it or cut it out.✂️ I mention Sandra Gerth’s book Show, Don’t Tell.
February 22, 2019
When should I publish my book?
Is there a right time to publish a book? Are some months better than others? Does genre matter and depend on the time of year? All will be discussed, but my short answer is TODAY is the day to publish your book. Remember “Just Do it” from Nike? Yeah, just do it. Beware 😳 I share my ❤️ here.
February 21, 2019
My Writing Process
How do I write my books? Where do I start? Do I outline? How long does it take me to write? Well... have a listen.📚📝
February 21, 2019
Professional Editing
Is it worth the investment to hire a professional editor? Here’s my story and what it did for me. Use at your our discretion. is mentioned in this episode.
February 20, 2019
How do you know which scenes work best for your book?
February 20, 2019
Character Arcs
Characters arcs, what are they? Do they make a difference in my book or not? I reference K.M Weiland’s Creating Character Arcs.
February 20, 2019
Writer’s Guides
Which writer’s guides are most helpful? Do I even need one? Decisions...decisions. In this episode, I mention guides by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, along with works by K.M. Weiland, Bryn Donovan, Mary Gray, and Nicholas C. Rossis.
February 20, 2019
Showing and telling?
Showing and Telling? Say what? 😳 Should you do one without the other or balance both? I mention Sandra Gerth’s book, Show, Don’t Tell, in this episode.
February 19, 2019
Critique Partners
Critique Partners. What are they and how many do I need?🤷🏾‍♀️
February 16, 2019
A little about me
Hey fellow writers and welcome to my first Podcast! My name is Daria White, and I’m a writer in the making. Listen to hear about me :)
February 15, 2019