How many times have you read a work of polished and perfected fiction and wondered what the first draft of that piece looked like? I know I have! With Writer In Motion, you’ll see the complete process twelve writers go through to create an original piece of short fiction from beginning to end. We’ll show our messy first drafts and self-edit our second drafts, we’ll give and take critique, then revise once more. And at the end, we’ll complete a final polished draft with the guidance of professional editors Carly Hayward and Jeni Chapelle. I’m excited to participate in this amazing project along with eleven other super talented authors, listed below. Follow their blogs to see their own stories, and follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #WriterInMotion
*Psst — Some of us will be holding giveaway contests to those who interact and subscribe! I’ll be holding a drawing to give away a full beta read/critique to those who post in the comment section of my blog.
Jen Karner (http://www.SyllablesandSass.com)
H.M. Braverman (http://hmbraverman.com)
J.M. Jinks (www.authorjmjinks.com)
Melissa Bergum (will be posting via KJ’s site)
Thuy Nguyen (http://www.tmnstories.com)
Kristen Howe https://kristenswritingendeavors.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Hewitt https://spinningmyyarns.wordpress.com/
Sean Willson (https://www.seanwillson.com/blog/)
Paulette Wiles (http://www.paulettewiles.com)
Ellen Mulholland (www.ellenmulholland.com)
Jeni Chappelle https://www.jenichappelleeditorial.com/
Carly Hayward https://booklighteditorial.com/
And what I write…
I was born and raised in Southwest Missouri, and moved to Southern California almost two years ago. I’m a wife, a homeschooling mom to a teenage daughter, and a wedding photographer. We have an adorable rescue mutt, two cats, a snake, and a lizard. It’s quite the zoo at our house, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Two of my favorite places on earth are New Orleans and Big Sur, and I’m drawn to all things dark, moody, and atmospheric. This is reflected in my writing — I bring a bit of the gothic into everything I create. I love ghost stories, obscure bits of ephemera, and old houses with peeling wallpaper and screaming cherubs hidden in the woodwork.
While I’ve been writing stories since elementary school, over the past year or so, I’ve been focusing on making writing my full-time career. I have one novel — a gothic romance — in its final revisions before querying, and another in the early stages of drafting. I’m slowly becoming a plotter instead of a pantser, which has been a less brutal transition than I’d imagined it to be! I enjoy the process of revision the most as a writer — really digging deep and bringing all of those subtle details about my characters and their experiences to life. With Writer In Motion, I hope to gain more knowledge about the craft of writing and to hone my skill set with short fiction.
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