• Encouragement
  • 15 Times to Fit in Writing When Life is Busy

    When I think of a great writer, I think of someone in a quiet house with a daily ritual that involves writing for hours at a time. When I was a teen I would write from 8-10pm most nights of the week. It was awesome. Is that practical for me anymore? Eh, no. While this […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • A Writerly Round-Up

    This fine Friday, I wanted to share with you some fabulous resources and articles I ran across this week. Enjoy! 1. How to Keep Your Author’s Voice Consistent Across Genres by Victoria Minks This article pinpoints six things to consider when analyzing your author “voice” and then gives recommendations on how to carry that over […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Mechanics
  • How to Draw Maps and Floor Plans for Your Story

    Have you ever struggled with the layout of a setting in your story? Have you ever gotten a character lost? Or written something that isn’t physically possible? (“She turned to the left and entered the next room…” Oh, wait, the door was to her right. SHE’S WALKING THROUGH WALLS NOW, FOLKS!) If you missed it, […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Mechanics
  • Zillow: It’s Not Just for Buying!

    Guest post by author EJ McCay I’m a visual person. I learn visually, think visually, and speak visually. Say wha? Speak visually? Someone asks me directions and I say, “Know where United is? Take a left there.” See? Visually. I think I’m a pretty decent writer. What I am not is an architect. I can’t do […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • When Your Invention Has a Birthday

    Once upon a time… …there was a girl who had her whole life ahead of her and serious doubts she’d ever get through all the writing ideas in her head. They assailed her night and day, but mostly in the middle of the night or the middle of a shower. They didn’t stop coming and, […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Blog
  • Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint

    Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

    (Affiliate link) Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card Vivid and memorable characters aren’t born: they have to be made   This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Self-Publishing
  • 5 Self-Publishing Links to Bookmark {Updated}

    Pronoun – “Pronoun is a free publishing platform where authors can create, sell, and promote their books. Our mission: to build a new model for publishing that puts authors first. We are passionate about author success, which is why many of our tools are completely free to use by authors publishing with other services or traditionally […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • More than Scrivener: Software for Every Kind of Author

    More than Scrivener: Software for Every Kind of Author

    When most writers think of software just for them (beyond generic programs like Word and Evernote), they think of Scrivener. It’s a great program, but did you know there are TONS of other options, many of them free? And if you’re like me and aren’t a Plotter, you’re going to love discovering that, while the […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com

  • Encouragement
  • 3 Reasons You Should be Using Writing Prompts

    Writing prompts can benefit every writer: from the plotter to the pantser (and everyone in between). From the rookie to the veteran author. From the novelist to the flash-fiction aficionado. But why? And how? Other than the fact that they’re fun, I’ve come up with three reasons you should be using writing prompts to level […]

    Perry Kirkpatrick

    Perry is a 20-something author with a lot on her plate. She's wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She's the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer and the creator of the WriteMind Planner for authors. She lives in the sunny southwest. Offers: cover design and the WriteMind Planner at perryelisabethdesign.com