My Writing Journey | January 2019

by - February 10, 2019

Hey, everyone! Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful week! :)

Before we get started on today's post, I wanted to remind you that the Young Writers Workshop is opening registration NEXT WEEK! Joining this workshop has been one of the best decisions of my writing life. So click here to sign up for the wait list and be notified when registration opens!

Also, Brett Harris and Jaquelle Crowe have created a free guide for your parents
and for you, too! Click here to get the free guide: The Parent's Guide to Encouraging Your Young Writer. (You don't have to be a parent to get this. Brett and Jaquelle hope it encourages both you and your parents!)

And now for today's post!

My first writing journey update for 2019! I've got some pretty exciting news, so keep reading!


Last week, you read my article that got published on The Rebelution! (And in case you missed it, you can read it here: 4 Ways to Share Your Faith While Playing Sports.)

I also wrote a guest post for another blog. The post will be published in a couple weeks. I'll be sure to share that with you when goes up on the blog!


Here comes the exciting news...


Yes, In His Hands is complete! However, it needs a lot of work, so I've been going back, organizing, and keeping a steady timeline throughout the book. This is what happens when I don't outline...

Here are the current stats for my novel.

In His Hands
Status: Finished Rough Draft
Word Count: 109,000
Page Count: 280
Chapter Count: 36
Number of Parts: Undecided

This novel isn't as long as my first novel. I'm going to give you some of my honest thoughts: I like this novel, but I don't think it's great. I had a hard time sticking to battles and dates of the Civil War
especially since one of my main characters is a doctor and travels around the U.S. It's always good to try new things, and for me, this was stretching my comfort zone. I'm glad I did it. But now, it needs a lot of work. I did not outline this novel. I need to outline. (I promise not to rant on this.)


Over the next couple months, I hope to keep working on In His Hands and finish a decent draft before putting it away for a while.

Now that I've finished the draft, what am I going to be working on now?

Well, great news! Last week, I was reading something in history, and it gave me a great idea for my next novel! This is potentially going to be my next work in progress! I'm really excited and so grateful that God pointed it out to me!

Interestingly, when I took the last survey of my old blog, Willowcreek Pines, everyone who took the survey said that they wanted to see more novel snippets. I am going to try and incorporate more of those into my blogging schedule! It might be several weeks, but I will try! :)


While editing and organizing In His Hands, I am going to take writing lessons for the next 9 weeks. I am looking forward to these. I'm sure they will greatly help my writing. I currently have an idea for the short story I will be writing, but I haven't decided if I'm going to use it for the lessons or not. I will probably write it either way!

I miss my first novel. A Candle in the Window is my baby. I love the characters so, so much! I wish I could meet them!! Unfortunately
well, not really, I guess XDI make some of the characters go through a rough time. I was thinking...would I really want to meet my characters, after what I put them through? Hmm... But I love them so much that I probably still would want to meet them. I hope I can start working on editing this novel soon. I can't wait to come back to it!!!

Non-fiction-wise, I'm working on an article for Valentine's Day for The Rebelution. It's almost polished, so I hope to submit that very soon!

let’s chat!

What have you been working on this month? (It doesn't have to be about writing.)
What are you looking forward to in the new year?

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  1. So...if you ever want someone to beta-read or help edit In His Hands, keep me in mind!! I L.O.V.E the Civil War. If it’s Southern or fairly neutral I would adore going through it, and even if it’s pretty Northern I still wouldn’t mind fact-checking names and dates. ;) Can’t wait to hear more about your books! They all sound so good. <3

    1. Aw, thank you, Kassie! I really appreciate it! Unfortunately, I am no longer working on In His Hands. I printed a hardback copy from (for personal use). It needs too much work. It actually had both North and South POVs plus a couple slave POVs. But yeah, no longer working on it. I'm reading through A Candle in the Window right now, but I'm not sure if I will polish that and give to alphas/betas.
      Thank you again!! :D <3

    2. Okay! I getcha. ;) I’d read that in a newer post but wasn’t sure if that meant you were just sitting it aside for a bit or not. Sounds like a really neat story idea!! But I totally get stories needing too much of a makeover. I actually have an older Civil War story of my own that I may or may not tackle one of these days. XD

    3. Haha, well thank you for taking interesting and offering to beta read, anyway! It means a lot <3