“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”_ Anne Frank

I was putting together a character sketch last night. Fright set inside me and I began wondering HOW CAN I…limit this to just a short story?

Writing what you know sometimes begins to feel all too real. Trying to prevent yourself from becoming someone who almost destroyed you, in turn, causes you to overcompensate and become someone you can’t even recognize.

Character sketches become scary when you try to input parts of the people you tried to forget. Those people come back and look you in the face as if it were a mirror into the past.

WILL I…limit my writing for this contest to a short story of a mere 1,000-3,000 words, or just abandon the project all together out of fear? WILL I…save this project and commit more to developing it into a novel?



Taking a leap of faith.

Inspirational Quote: Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

  • Struggles as a new writer: The idea
  • The research
  • Making the story my own
  • Keeping the flow going
  • Writing through all the distractions around me
  • Writing what you know
  • Getting advice on your work and ideas of where to go with your work
  • Growing your audience
  • Will people be honest with their thoughts and give helpful tips

The Creation Process: Yes, I knew writing a book wouldn’t be easy. Narrowing down the thoughts and ideas, working through the distractions is a job all by its self.

The Original Idea: The idea behind Small Town Facade came to me while researching unsolved murders. Looking for that idea that can make a fascinating story.

Making It My Own: The original place where the murder happened; getting the research just right. Wondering if I can change some of the original details of the setting and still be a reliable storyteller to my readers?

Finding Help: Asking for help when you feel you should know what you’re doing. The resources are limitless to read, but finding an actual person to believe in you and your story doesn’t come cheap when your looking for a mentor to help turn your book into something great.

Do I?….Should I?


After much thought for my short story idea, I have decided to go with the Inn. The idea I have is that inside the books on the shelves is the same map. The map leads to two trails. One trail leads to fortune the other to death. I’m not quite sure if I can limit this to a short story. I’m starting late at pulling this together but the creative juices are flowing even if I can’t make the deadline for the contest.

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