Friday, April 3, 2020

FRIDAY RECAP - Words Are Flowing

On Wednesday, the beginning of Camp Nano, I set a GOAL to write a minimum of three hours every day. Whether I write by myself or I have sprinters to buddy up with.

So far so good.

Yesterday was the second on-line meet-up of my former writing group from Peoria, IL - Wordsmiths By Night .. aka WSBN There are four of us on this journey. I'm new to using Discord where we meet up but I'm just focusing on our little group and not venturing anywhere else. I'm still leading sprints on Chatzy. We write in 20-minute sprints with 10-minute breaks

If you'd like to participate, email me AngelaDrake (at) webname (dot) com and I'll send you the meet-up times/ details


join my thread on Camp Nano -  Cauldron Cafe

Happy Writing!

Thursday, April 2, 2020


A search for Writing Tips brought me a link to Go Ins Writer

The TOP 5 from their list:

5 - Stop worrying about being a good writer - JUST WRITE
4 - STAY FOCUSED ! - Distraction is the enemy of all great art
3 - DON'T BE LAZY - Do your best to avoid sounding stupid
2 - Make sure your writing is EFFECTIVE!

And the #1 -


I know from experience, when I write every day the words flow better, I have less edits to do in the end and my characters seem more real.

For the rest of the list and more great tips - visit GO INS WRITER (there are pop ups but easy to get past.)

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


With the Corona virus still holding us hostage in our homes, many conference updates have not posted.  I'm keeping an eye on Facebook and Twitter for potential Virtual Conferences.

I'm participating in Camp Nano. I have given myself  two weeks to finish An Ozarks Soldiers' Homecoming. That leaves me the last two weeks to so serious edits and have the manuscript ready for beta readers. I know I'm cuttin gthis close but I'm determined this story will release on time while still retaining a quality book. I know this can be done.

Pack your camp essentials and come join us at CAMP NANO

If you know of any on-line coming up, please post to my facebook page so I can pass on the information!

Happy Writing!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Do you remember your prom?

I do. I never got to attend. My dad was about READING WRITING 'RITHMATIC... nothing else mattered.

My best friend (and still is today) got to go and I was blessed with my class key from our Jr./ Sr. prom. Everyone should have a friend like Karen.

Writing Challenge for today -

1 - have a character reminisce about their prom. Maybe your Hero/ Heroine knew each other 'way back when'. This could create some great tension between your characters

2 - Chic Lit time... have your character and her high school bestie come togther - maybe to help one or the other overcome something they never reconciled with 'back then'.  

Remember, when you share these stories I'd love to hear them! Either leave me a link in the comments below or on my FB page. 

Happy Writing!

Monday, March 30, 2020


I remember writing my stories by hand. I still do. I haven't used a pencil in a very long time for writing my stories but a pen is always handy.

In honor of NATIONAL PENCIL DAY, I challenge you to do one of two things... or both!

1 -  Write an entire scene with PENCIL and paper. How does it affect your process?

2 - Have a pencil be part of one of your character's tools. Does the heroine always have a pencil stuck in her 'messy hair - don't care' persona? Maybe your hero is a construction worker or carpenter. They usually always have a 'carpenter's pencil' somewhere at hand. 

UNPLUG and pull out your pencil...

Happy Writing!

Friday, March 27, 2020


Welcome to a brand new series. The Writer's Nest term was inspired by Jodi Thomas when I heard her speak last fall at the Ozark Creative Writers. I've been wanting to showcase writer's in their natural habitat, if you will, but hadn't come up with a name.

Thank you, Jodi!

Let's check out Jodi's Writer's Nest:

My personal note before we begin. This is proof you don't need a fancy set-up to be a successful author. Don't have a folding table, head to a big box store just as soon as this quarantine is lifted. I do recommend the comfy chair.

Jodi, thank you for joining me today and for kicking off the series. Please tell us about your Writing Nest

 Over the years I’ve developed a pattern of writing that works very well. I started out at the kitchen table, moved to a room so small I could stand in the middle and almost touch all four walls. After a dozen books I moved to a house where I had a study with three walls of windows and room for my grandmother’s trunk that she brought west in a covered wagon.

I also have a tiny office out back. That’s where I plot. The walls are covered with white boards. In the summer I often write out there.

Then, I have a hidden office in a little condo where my team works a few mornings a week. We plan trips, do blogs, proofread, handle the internet.  I love this time because we work as a team.

What is it about this space that inspires you?

My backyard office had pictures on the wall and lots of boards.  My storied flow in my little space.

Upstairs in my study I feel like I’m in the trees.  I write late into the night there.

I think my real talent is being able to step into fiction no matter where I am.

Has finding your space been an evolving journey? How so?

Yes.  It has to be a quiet place.  I have to be alone.  Then the characters float into my mind and begin to tell their story.

Anything you would change?

Not a thing.  I love what I do.  I don’t write for a living. I am a writer.  It’s on my mind all the time.

What advice would you give to someone looking to build their own nest?

Whether on the kitchen table or in a second floor with views of trees, the place I go to write is in my head.

Here's a flash video tour:

Another video from Jodi Thomas:

Next up, here's a sneak peek at her upcoming release, BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE.

A small town scandal is ripe for gossip in this quintessential Texan romance

Piper Kate McKenzie, mayor of Honey Creek, won’t let a major scandal rip her quirky hometown apart, or jeopardize her dream of one day running for higher office. So she calls for reinforcements to find the source of corruption in the sheriff’s office—two men recommended by her Texas Ranger brothers . . .

Piper... suddenly finds herself drawn to two very different men. And if she can keep her town—and her heart—from going completely off the rails, there may be a sweet, unexpected future in store .

You can catch up with Jodi Thomas by following any of the links below:

BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE releases May 26, 2020 but you can Pre-order now. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020


I've known two people with epilepsy. One was a young girl in my high school. Against recommenations she had 2 beautiful children. She left this world too soon as the result of a seizure. There was no one at home to help her. This was before we knew about sensitivity dogs who could be trained to warn of on-coming seizures. Had she known early enough, she could have called someone. 

Fast-forward thirty-four years and I now have a young 'great nephew' who struggles nearly every day. Some days are better than others. The coolest thing is that he has the most amazing support system. We pray every day he will get to stay where he is in his current 'family' situration.

For information on Epilepsy, check out

So today's question is this....

Do you incorporate disabilities into your stories? If so, are there any that call to you? Do you include them to bring awareness? 

Share your thoughts here or on FB and tag me.

Rememner, author Jodi Thomas joins us tomorrow to kick off the new Writer's Nest series! I hope you'll stop by. 

Happy Writing!