This housewife’s advice on the humble beginnings of a writing career.

First I will start with being clear that I’m not one to get advice from.  You can get an idea or inspired but all my experience is homemade from scratch and I’m not a professional in anything.  Oh sure, I have strong opinions I like to talk about loudly and I really believe that I know the “right and good” way, that you should follow me.  Ah, but logic kicks in and Spirit whispers in my ear and I am reminded that I know very little and in the end, I’m just here to be an example of what I … Continue reading This housewife’s advice on the humble beginnings of a writing career.

The Housewife is a writer.

A new book will be here soon.  This book was a suggestion made by a few of my readers and I finally took it up with both typing hands.  It is a collection of writings from my blog throughout the year.  It will have three sections so the reader can choose their interest and leave the rest…or enjoy all of it. Section one will be all my articles on homemaking, frugal living, and family.  The next section covers becoming a writer and building this career with no money and while maintaining a happy home.  The last section is a hodge podge … Continue reading The Housewife is a writer.

Recreating yourself as a writer.

I have been writing homemaking, frugal, and self-help books for two years now and I have really loved it.  It’s become very fun and easy and I love inspiring others to enjoy a life that can become mundane quickly if we don’t take an almost Tao like approach to the life of homemaking on a tiny budget.  Right? Along with that sort of writing and blogging, I have also written some fiction.  I’m on my 4th book right now.  I’ve created a pen name that is no secret, I just wanted to create a sort of alter ego that was … Continue reading Recreating yourself as a writer.

Time to get organized. How to write novellas while raising a family.

Blogging is fun.  I don’t make any money off it so I don’t take it seriously.  I just enjoy sharing and chatting via blogging about homemaking advice, thoughts on sobriety, and tips on being frugal and sustainable. Then there’s the book writing.  I’ve covered every angle of the homemaking and self-help so now I’ve cornered myself into the fiction.  I can no longer avoid it.  I must sit down and start pecking away at my laptop keyboard.  I need to start writing out the story ideas, the chapter outlines, diagraming the drama, creating the emotional webs of each character, building … Continue reading Time to get organized. How to write novellas while raising a family.

Time for more challenges. Let’s lose weight and save money!

I did a self-created 40 day challenge a while back.  Made all kinds of goals and came out a winner times 10!  I find that short-term and intense challenges are the magic bullet for getting and staying motivated.  We get so amped up for a goal and then we plod along like a horse and buggy on a Sunday drive and get bored from the beginning.  But if you charge into the goal and immerse yourself mind, body, and soul and you make huge changes from the start…you just might reach the finish line. We like seeing big results and fast don’t … Continue reading Time for more challenges. Let’s lose weight and save money!

Time to get back to writing…but how?

I’ve recently moved to my very first home that my family and I bought and own.  It’s been a production of work, moving, settling in, meeting neighbors, hanging paintings, planting trees, joining homeschool groups, and a million other task both fun and exhausting. And now we are getting to the part where I have to put the drill and shovel down and get back to my mini-career of writing.  I have a book half finished, a book or two started and an editor that is getting tired of waiting on me. But I find so many things that just must … Continue reading Time to get back to writing…but how?

Becoming a self taught writer.

I’ve been writing seriously for one year and 9 months to be precise.  It started with writing Queen of Penny Pinching towards the end of a summer and never stopped.  I have written something like 15 books since then. What I have learned on my own in the almost two years is amazing and I keep learning and being reinspired all the time.  I have learned how to self-publish, create book covers, market and promote, even edit and proofread (not suggested at all) my books and all completely for free.  I had to at one point because I was cranking out the … Continue reading Becoming a self taught writer.

Why blogging is great therapy.

Why do I blog?  It certainly isn’t for money.  I’ve made around .50 cents over the last so many months in advertising.  I originally started blogging to promote my books.  I was so resistant to doing it but on the gentle nudge of a friend, I did some pondering and then started the blogging. A funny thing happened.  I didn’t get famous or suddenly find myself with a gigantic following.  I didn’t even make any money and my books didn’t get a huge boost.  Why did I continue?  Because it turned out that I needed to talk.  I needed to share … Continue reading Why blogging is great therapy.

Learning to write romance. And how to make bad reviews work for you.

I’ve been immersed in paperwork and study.  And not really the fun kind.  I’ve been doing the homework to buy a house, the hunting, finding, failing, the victory, the paperwork, showing proof of everything down to your blood type, the scanning of forms, endless emails and phone conversations, the driving all the way back and forth to the new town and house and back…the real life drama and nail-biting moments. Then I’ve been on my quest to know Jesus and all that entails.  Books, books, and more books…and the internet which sucks as far as being a good source unless … Continue reading Learning to write romance. And how to make bad reviews work for you.