• Encouragement
  • 10 Tips from NaNoWriMo Veterans

    Originally published on PerryElisabethDesign.com My Nano tip is to wrap your mind around the fact that you WILL finish no matter what. The last three years, because I’m always behind by about 30k words, I’ve barely participated in the Thanksgiving festivities in order to ensure that I reach my goal. Three years in a row […]

    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
  • Music for Writing (or How To Survive NaNoWriMo)

    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is upon us (well, not ME because November is a crazy busy month at our house). Sometimes writing a couple thousand words every single day of the month requires creating atmosphere. Writing to music is a great way to increase your word count—whether you’re doing NaNo or not. To that […]

    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
  • 8 Ways to Excite Kids about Writing This November

    Guest post by Kate Willis originally published on PerryElisabethDesign.com Contains affiliate links. For most of us, November means turkey, pumpkins, and coming winter; but for a small portion of the population it spells National Novel Writing Month (fondly shortened to NaNoWriMo). These certifiably artistic people commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Hats off to them! […]

    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
  • All the Beautiful People

    I was just musing about something—a tendency I have. (You’ll have to let me know if I’m the only one.) When I was younger, every protagonist I wrote was me. In some (okay, most) ways, it was a version of me or how I wished I was. The girls were always short with dark hair […]

    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
  • How Can Authors Get Story Ideas from Clickbait Titles? The Answer Will Shock You!

    Ahh… clickbait. Those bizarre headlines that are annoyingly intriguing and make you feel like a failure for taking the bait and clicking on them. What if I told you there’s actually a good use for them? Welcome to your new way of coming up with story ideas! Seriously, clickbait titles make the best story prompts! […]

    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
  • Confessions of a Notebook Hoarder

    Well, folks, it’s been an embarrassing week. Promise you won’t tell anyone? I, um, well… I’ve bought two new notebooks THIS WEEK alone. There, I’ve said it. Feels so good to get that off my chest. The first one was on clearance and has a really nice cover that’s just begging for a Cricut vinyl […]

    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
  • 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