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An Exciting Start…Well, Restart

A number of weeks ago, I was lamenting my manuscript’s standstill. I’m what is called a “fly by the seat of your pants” writer, meaning I just don’t outline. I start writing and go wherever my fingers on my keyboard take me. But that isn’t always conducive to a good story!

In steps Lisa Phillips, a published author (you can find a link to her site on my “Check It Out” page), who recommended K.M. Weiland‘s Outlining Your Novel. So I bought the book and the workbook! Since then, school and kids have been keeping me busy…fine. And HGTV and Pinterest. Anyway, I’ve been productive this morning and have finished my homework that is due tonight (um…that’s not last minute, is it??) and next Monday (see? I can work ahead when the mood strikes!), so I plan on starting the workbook (alongside the book itself) tomorrow! (I would start today, but it’s already past lunch and my kiddos get out of school soon, so as soon as I post this, I’m going to make a quick lunch then peruse Pinterest to look for ideas to transform my kids’ jeans with holes in them. What?? It’s a good use of time, too!! I’m upcycling!) Who knows, I might even start this evening. 🙂

I think a little more structure will do my writing–and therefore my readers–some good. Don’t you?


Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mark, two of their three children, and one ferocious feline.

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