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Pre-First Draft Planning for Pantsers

Happy Wednesday all!

So at last I am getting to the posts for pantsers I had wanted to write! I'm so excited about this post and I hope this is helpful to you guys! Before I jump into the post though I have three announcements!

First, if you sign up for my newsletter now you'll get my whole collection of fantastical short stories, Of Magic and Mayhem. You can sign up for that here:

Second of all, I started a Facebook group! I had wanted to do this for a long time but just didn't have the guts to do it. A Facebook group can be a big thing to manage, but right now it's not too bad. So if you're interested in becoming a part of my Dreamer group you can check it out here:

And last but not least, I am gearing up to publish a real website with my own domain and everything!! I've decided to use Wordpress and have been designing it and getting it all ready over the past week. It's not published, I haven't even bought the domain or anything yet but I'm hoping…
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Calling All Dreamers!

Happy Monday everyone! I know I don't usually post on Mondays but I have something exciting to share with you all. I started a Facebook group for writers and readers! Every weekday I'll be posting a prompt to stir up discussion about everything from writing, to what everyone is currently reading to fangirling (or fanboying) over our fave fandoms! This is something I've been thinking about and considering for a while so I'm excited to take the leap and start building this community!

Here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/melodysdreamers/

Also! If you sign up for my newsletter you'll also get my YA short story collection, Of Magic and Mayhem for free!

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One more thing too! I'm working on a new website. I do plan to keep this blog because I'm too sentimental to get rid of it or transfer (me and this blog have been through t…

Friday in Review: YA Books as Hogwarts Houses

Happy Friday! Hallelujah for that! This week has been physically and mentally exhausting for me. I was up and out the door by 7:45 every morning and didn't get back till almost 4 every evening since I've been helping with the huge VBS camp thing my church does. There were fun moments and sweet times getting to watch the littlest ones and honestly it reminded me how much I missed when my little brothers were, well, littler and liked to snuggle and had loveys and all that fun stuff. But... I am so tired. Hence the small, simple post today. I wanted to put something bookish up today but I definitely do not have the mental capacity to write a book review. So instead, I give you my sorting of YA books as Hogwarts Houses. Please don't judge my sorting skills. I'm doing this while being super tired and possibly not thinking totally straight. But if anything I hope this post is fun and makes you smile. Let me know in the comments what books you would sort into each house.

Slyth…

Guest Post: Writing Fiction that Impacts

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! So I know I keep promising a whole series of posts on pantsters and its still going to happen... I just totally forgot that this week was going to be crazy. I'm helping at my church's VBS pretty much all day from Monday to Friday so I didn't get around to writing a post. So when I saw that Kara Linaburg was doing a blog tour I thought it would not only be fun to help her promote her upcoming book but also share a post of hers on here.

So without further ado here is Kara:






Writing is like breathing to me. I don’t remember a time I didn’t do it. I have blogged for 7+ years on Beautifully Broken, in what has been some of the best writing lessons of my life, and now with the release of my YA novel The Broken Prince, I long to reach an even wider audience. But what does it mean as an author to write not only good fiction, but fiction that impacts? I am by no means a professional author, but I enjoy good books and reading a wide-range of novels can …

Five Tips for Getting in the Writing Mood

Happy June everyone!! I am both excited and a little anxious for this month... Excited because the twenty one pilots concert is at the end of the month and because my college class starts at the end of the month too (while also being a little anxious about it as well haha). Honestly, I don't know why I'm feeling a little off about this month... Maybe just cuz it feels like there's going to be a lot going on... I have an over the phone adviser meeting tomorrow and am helping at my church's VBS from 8 to 3 Monday through Friday next week. It'll be good but it's still a little daunting to think about :o

But anyways! There's been this weird trend going on right now in my life. Just in the past week I've watched several live videos and authortube videos and read blog posts (most all of them about pantsers or having to do with pantsers in some way) and they all have included, well, pantser stuff but also how to stay in a writing mood.
No one has mentioned how…

Friday in Review: May Monthly Wrap-Up

Happy Wednesday once more everyone! I hope you've all had a great May. May has been full of lots of life stuff and writerly stuff and reading. I am so excited to share it with you all (along with an awesome new thing I'm doing for next month on here)!

May Writing: May was full of lots of writing... Like lots. I finished draft four of The Lost Ones, came up with the name The Lost Ones and finished editing draft five. Now comes the hard work of plugging in all those changes and edits into my Word doc. Oh the joys of writing... ;) But for real, I am so excited that I finished the read through for TLO and I am even more excited to finish this draft so I can get it ready for betas. This month I also planned out the series... I've never planned out a series ever. I'm a pantser so what do I do? I make life hard for myself by winging not only my novels but entire series too. That whole not planning thing? It didn't work for me and since I'm wanting to take myself more s…

Best Resources for Writers

Happy Wednesday once more everyone! So recently I've been doing a lot of craft-learning and have discovered some pretty awesome resources that have been so helpful to me. I'm also contemplating trying my hand at a How To guide for writers.
I've already written a How to Write a Serial book and it just needs to be touched up. I think I might make it one of my freebies for my newsletter. So then not only do you get a short story but also a how to guide cuz I realized a lot of the newsletters I sign up for come with how to guides or writerly resources. But anyways, here are some of my favorite books/podcasts/blogs that have been so, so helpful to me over the past few months:

Craft Books:


Go Teen Writers: Edit Your Novel by Stephanie Morril and Jill Williamson: This one has a little bit of everything in it and is perfect for beginners. If you've just started plotting your novel, are in the middle of writing it or have begun the editing process this is a must have! Storyworl…