How long does it take to write a novel?

Among the (online) writing communities that I frequent I see this question asked time and again. New writers wonder just how long does it take to write a full novel? What even qualifies as a novel? Industry standard generally dictates that a novel must be 50,000 words or more, but the issue of timing isContinue reading “How long does it take to write a novel?”


I am taking a break from the perpetual polishing and querying today to create a few mood boards for an upcoming Twitter event called Mood Pitch. This will be the first of any Twitter pitch events I participate in, so I am hopeful and excited. Twitter has been an asset to me over the courseContinue reading “#MoodPitch”

Post-Mortem Anxiety.

Dramatic title for dramatic feelings. I opened my book this week after a full month of doing everything except writing. School started in mid-August and as an educator, it always feels like it takes a good few weeks to get back into the swing of the balancing act we call life. And so, I slept,Continue reading “Post-Mortem Anxiety.”


An excerpt from Chapter 1 of the completed novel UNDER THE CAROLINA STARS by Addison Brannon: The corner of a ragged brown envelope poked from a stack of building ledgers and receipts.  With an air of resignation, William pulled the envelope from the stack and sat down at the table, smoothing the pages with aContinue reading “UNDER THE CAROLINA STARS: An Excerpt”

Sweet Summertime Queries

July. It’s hot in Arkansas. The midges are out in full force and the ground is cracked from drought. The only place hotter than my current post is the hellish trenches of the publishing industry right now. Ok, I’m being dramatic…. Exceptionally dramatic, but not about the Arkansas heat. But here is a bit ofContinue reading “Sweet Summertime Queries”

“It is Finished.”

Ok, I recognize the drama the title of this post effectuates; however, I’m feeling pretty dramatic today. I have completed a novel which is HUGE news! My first novel is currently under the working title of UNDER THE CAROLINA STARS. It clocks in at 91,336 words and about 360 pages. I started this book fiveContinue reading ““It is Finished.””

Beating Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is something that I have heard of often but seldom experienced. While perusing the #WritingCommunity on Twitter as I do on a daily basis now, I encounter this phrase often. It has led me to some serious self-reflection. Have I ever had imposter syndrome? Perhaps yes but it has not been so prominentContinue reading “Beating Imposter Syndrome”

The Internet – An Illusion of Community

Allow me to be both cynical and optimistic simultaneously. Since coming back to writing I have expanded my dive into the online community of writers afforded by both Facebook and Twitter. I created a Twitter account (@ALBnovelist) and joined, well let’s just say several, Facebook groups for writers. I have a whopping total of 29Continue reading “The Internet – An Illusion of Community”

50,000 words and counting…

Yesterday I reached my first goal of 50,000 words in my work in progress. Personally, this is a huge accomplishment for me so I was really excited! I told my husband, posted an update on Twitter, and had a celebratory cup of coffee. My husband, who seemed pleased for me, said “Is that what youContinue reading “50,000 words and counting…”

This Book is Dedicated To…

It’s currently 6 a.m. and my entire household, excepting me and the dog, is out cold. The coffee pot is dripping away and there is a rarely found blanket of silence settled warmly over my living room. Silence leaves room for thoughts. This morning my thoughts are on book dedications. When I read a dedicationContinue reading “This Book is Dedicated To…”