My Writing

Fiction

Fiction is my true love. It allows for endless imagination and exploration. Fiction allows us to question the world around us and make readers think. Many who have not tried their hand at writing fiction think it’s simple. Writing fiction is anything but simple. It takes from you, like a needy pet hovering at your feet for constant attention.

Writing fiction requires humility and confidence to co-exist. Dreaming up stories and characters that are as wondrous as they are believable is no mean feat. Even after all that, after sleepless nights and dry, tired eyes, every ounce of anguish is worth the reward. To breathe life into characters through words is a gift not enjoyed by many. We must cherish it, hold it up to the highest standards, and most of all, we must love it.

I got my start in writing fiction with Harry Potter fanfiction. The draw of this activity was that the world and characters were already created. There was no better way for me to learn than with a foundation beneath my feet. I grew out of writing fanfiction, though not for any deficit of its own. I craved creative control. So I began to write zombie fiction. Writing horror was an interesting experience. I felt the need to balance gore with the opportunity to question society and the human condition.

In 2008, I embarked on a journey with the Long Ridge Writer’s Group, now called the Institute for Writers. I participated in two independent study courses, connecting one-on-one with my author-mentor. It was through LRWG that I learned to stretch my wings as a writer and to accept constructive criticism. LRWG is also where I fell in love with writing historical fiction. It’s also where I heard about National Novel Writing Month. I stopped writing zombie fiction and transitioned to historical fiction and fantasy. I also wrote my first novel in thirty days.

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, was a positive experience for me. Boosting my confidence to tackle longer works, this event challenged me in new ways. I also found friends who shared my passion for the written word. NaNoWriMo led me to JuNoWriMo, and through both I discovered exciting volunteer opportunities.

In 2014, I decided to return to school, and enrolled in an MA English & Creative Writing program at SNHU. After graduation, I continued to hone my craft. Now I’m pursuing my MFA in Creative Fiction, at the same school.

Since 2015, I’ve had short fiction published in several literary journals. In the Winter 2015 WOW-Women on Writing Flash Fiction contest, I was also awarded Honorable Mention. On this page, you can find fictional works of mine available online.

To learn about works available offline, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, and enjoy!

Nonfiction

Fiction is where my heart is, but I also enjoy writing nonfiction (hence my blog). I’ve written a lot over the years. Most of it was ghostwriting, but some of it was guest blogging, and that was pretty much just for fun (though in some cases I did earn a bit from guest blogs).

I started writing nonfiction when I was still in undergrad. I wrote forSouthern News, SCSU’s student newspaper. Each week of my last semester, I wrote an article on the arts. Movie reviews, book reviews, and art exhibit write-ups were my wheelhouse.

After graduation, I actually worked in insurance for awhile. This led to writing a lot of blogs about insurance. Blogging wasn’t new, but it was still somewhat new for businesses. I blogged about a lot of topics–everything from internet marketing to travel. I also learned how to write press releases.

My career continued to be a mixture of freelance work, agency work, and regular day jobs to pay the bills.

It wasn’t until much more recently–about 2013–that I started occasionally guest blogging. I love guest blogging not only because it’s a great way to reach a new audience, but because of the professional relationships formed with the blog owners.

After earning my MA in English and Creative Writing, I put together an ebook called How to Survive Online Grad School. You can find the link below if you’d like to check it out. If you’re planning to embark on your own grad school experience, there are some tips in there that brought me to success–and a 4.0 GPA.

There was a time when I listed every piece of nonfiction I’d written on my website but after ten years of professional writing, that list became exhaustive…and exhausting.

That’s why I’ve decided to keep this list focused on writing, editing, and being a student. Below you will find links to blogs and articles I’ve written that are specifically tied to these subjects. After all, that’s what you’re here for, right?

If you’d like to read some of my other work–and there is a lot–please contact me. I’ve written for too many industries to list. I’ve written for magazines and newspapers. I’ve written brochures, websites, blogs, press releases…if there’s a type of writing out there, I’ve probably tried my hand at it.

I suggest though that you start out with this list, because it’s all about the writing and editing process, books, and being a student.

How to Survive Online Grad School
JuNoWriMo: 3 Ways to Win
WOW Women on Writing: 4 Radical Revisions Every Writer Should Try
JuNoWriMo: E is for Exciting!
Write Naked: Wesleyan Writers Conference
Sara Strives: College Critiques: How to Accept Criticism and Give It
Sara Strives: Failure: Friend or Foe?
Sara Strives: How to Deal with In-Class Drama
Sara Strives: College Degree: Now What?
#AmReading: Sail Away! 11 Books to Read if You Love the Sea
#AmReading: 4 Tips to Start and Maintain Your Antique Book Collection

News

Occasionally, I do something newsworthy, like publishing a new short fiction series or finding my way onto HuffPo (seriously, that was pretty surreal).

What better way to share these stories with you, dear reader, than to link them from my website? Below you will find my links in the news:

In the Artists Realm with Sylvia Stein
HuffPo Author Spotlight
Hybrid: Part I Press Release
Going for the Creative Win: The Challenge of NaNoWriMo
Great Strides Made Through NaNoWriMo

I’d like to thank both Sylvia Stein and Ann Winters, without whom many of these exciting appearances would not have been possible.

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