story theme creation
Welcome back to the series on heart healing for writers. We’re diving into what we believe about ourselves, how that ties into our characters, and how that creates a powerful theme for your story. After following the path of your emotion deep into the recesses of your memories, you will find […]

Unhindered Belief: Discovering the Theme of Your Story

memory writing
Welcome back to the series on Unhindered: Story Craft Through Inner Healing. If you missed the part on Emotion, here’s the link back. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. -Rita Mae Brown As you’ve been journeying to connect with your emotions, it’s likely a story follows […]

Unhindered Memory: Writing the Scene for Healing

How do I make multi-dimensional characters? How do I make my stories more emotional? How can I write something people actually want to read? If you’re asking these questions, this blog post is for you. Unhindered will teach you how to connect with yourself and write a meaningful story based […]

Unhindered Emotion: Story Craft Through Inner Healing

changing brand
What do you want to be known for when people see your name? Whatever that thing is will end up being your author brand, and there’s a way to direct your media messages accordingly. For example, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Coca-Cola? […]

How To Develop Your Author Brand

Wow, NaNoWriMo flew by for me and now I’ve got a story ready to find the professional, printed pages of a book. Two years ago, I got to work and published my first completed NaNoWriMo story with Koehler Books. People ask me all the time, “How did you do that? […]

What Do You Want To Know About Book Publishing After ...

steps to publish your book
Congratulations reaching the end of your novel! It’s been quite an adventure, hasn’t it? All those words are on a page and now you want to take steps to being published. With this post, I’m going to save you a lot of time, money, and mental overwhelm by outlining steps […]

Steps To Publish Your Finished Story

listen to your heart and do what it says
Stop being someone else’s version of you. I know, it’s hard. You have a lot of voices pulling on you for your attention. Everyone has a version of you that they like. You’re the mom, brother, mailman, baker, garbage man, designer…the list goes on and on. But who do you […]

Listen To Your Heart And Do What It Says

Keeping up the pace in today’s world is really hard. Working a day desk job leaves no time for writing (plus exhausted eyeballs from Computer Vision Syndrome). Add in to that making your meals, laundry, hobbies, exercising… How can you get it all done and still prepare for a big writing […]

Take Back Your Life in 15 Minutes

story structure learn how to read
Read! One of the biggest pieces of advice given to writers who want to learn more about their craft. Well, that’s great, but reading to learn how to write has never made a lot of sense to me. The only thing I gathered from a lot of reading was intuitive […]

Learn to Write by Reading – Here’s How

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I don’t know about you, but I HATE trying to make an outline for a book I want to write. I can never get it perfect and as I write, it always ends up changing. Yet, at the same time, if I am a complete pantser (someone who writes by […]

How To Be A Plotter And A Pantser Writer (At ...

Ariel the first Guardian Sydney Scrogham
Abuse survivor Ariel Harte doesn’t need anyone. Ever. But her companion animal is infected with a dark, magical force. Only an ancient purification ritual, the mind link, performed with another human can cure this infection. Ariel must ask her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Tracey, for help. But she’s racing time. She’s infected, […]

Sydney Scrogham Releases Ariel: The First Guardian (Read The First ...

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Do you write fantasy, sit down at the blank page, and suddenly get overwhelmed with the details of your story world?  I do.  Mounds of notes cannot save me.  I get lost in the hand-drawn maps, the oodles of details scribbles – there is no organization to my madness and […]

World Building: How To Get Started Writing With Help From ...