• 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

  • Encouragement
  • First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

    First drafts are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They often start out in a blaze of glory and excitement, but at some point we start to wonder… is this awful? If things get really bad, we might even decide that it is the absolute worst bit of writing known to mankind. Eventually, we might come out […]

    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
  • What’s in a Name

    Naming characters is a fun process. But before you dive in head-first, there are a few things to think about that will help you choose the very best names. Let’s break this down… Think: Time-Period If you read a lot of books from the 1800s, you will encounter names like Horace and Hester, but I […]

    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
  • My Favorite Sites for Free and Inexpensive Stock Images

    Top sites for free and inexpensive stock images for book covers.

    Whether you’re planning to DIY a book cover or make smashing social media graphics to promote your new release, you’ll need images! If you enjoy taking photos and have the equipment and skills needed, you can always use your own. Not everyone is a photographer, though, so you’ll be using stock images. If you’ve ever done […]

    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
  • Celebrate Independence: Write Something!

    Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating our founding today. It’s kind of a like a country-birthday. And we’re celebrating by shooting fireworks sky high (much to the chagrin of my poor dogs). This country has been around a little while now. We’ve been through a lot of changes and repeated a lot of history. But, […]

    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