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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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Hello, dear readers!  Welcome back!

For those of you involved in the 100-4-100 Challenge, hosted by Go Teen Writers, how goes your story?  Even if you are not participating in the challenge, what's up in your adventure?  I love hearing the various plots of young writers and seeing the creativity go from mind to paper, or in most cases, computer.

I'm not sure I mentioned it, but I decided to work on Peder's story for the Challenge, and once finished, begin again on Safia's.  My idea was to make a short story to post at least once a month on here... Obviously, that hasn't happened.  But I'm working on it!  I find one of my greatest problems in writing is that I continue to ramble on and on and the story just wanders with no actual point, getting longer and longer.  If you struggle with this, you are not alone!  Thankfully, G.T.W. has many helpful points and writing tips to help you get along.

You remember how much I love names, right?  Check out this post by Jill Williamson, a published author, on Choosing Names For Your Characters.

Character Development is a biggie.

Here's another link to help get you started: 7 Things You Need in the Beginning of Your Story.

These links are just the tip of the iceberg to many other tips and tricks in writing posted on G.T.W.  Personally, I've found these extremely helpful as checklists in my own writing.

And, of course, I've got a whole lot more to learn. =]

In Peder's story, whom you were given a glimpse of in my Chainsaw Therapy, my goal is to create a sort of mini-adventure.  A test, in which Peder grows as a character.  At this point, I seem to be rambling on... again.  But, thanks to 100-4-100, I think I'm getting somewhere.


At least, the pages in my notebook are dwindling of blank space... But that's not always a good thing, is it?

Pardon me for being so vague... I just wanted to share the helpful tips I've found and see what some of you are up to.


What are you up to?



  1. I am in the process of working on a story about divorce and the affects of it on an eight year old. It is coming along very well. Since I joined the 100-4-100 challenge, it has come a very long way because I actually work on it everyday now. I hope to finish it at the end of the 100-4-100 challenge, if not before:)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love comments =] Wow. Your story will hit right at home for some people. I am so blessed that my parents have kept the sacred vow, now for almost 26 years.

    Good luck with the challenge!


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