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Your Hero’s Goal Your Hero’s Goal

I’ve been spending the month of October preparing for NaNoWriMo. Without a... 


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The 52 Books Challenge

Over on my blog, RonEstradaBooks.com, I’ve started a challenge. Having heard... 


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Your Hero’s Goal Your Hero’s Goal

I’ve been spending the month of October preparing for NaNoWriMo. Without a plan, you could easily waste 50,000 words next month. I’ve been going into detail over at my personal blog–www.RonEstradaBooks.com. I’ll hit the main points here. Today, we’ll discuss your hero’s goal. First, let’s review: You should... [Read more of this review]


2 Essential Elements of a Scene 2 Essential Elements of a Scene

The characters of Breaking Bad have different goals…this creates conflict! If you’ve been following along with my NaNoPlotMo method of plotting, or even if you haven’t, eventually you have to write the scenes. Be excited! This is the fruition of your labor. Now you’re free to create without fear of missing some key story element. If... [Read more of this review]


State Your Theme State Your Theme

A lot of things have to happen in the first twenty pages of your novel. You’re busy introducing characters, setting, smashing that perfect opening line (stop it…It’s not as important as everyone says). But there is something often overlooked by writers. That is the statement of your theme. The Story Question The Theme and Story Question... [Read more of this review]


What’s Wrong with Looking Toward the Mountaintop? What’s Wrong with Looking Toward the Mountaintop?

It’s been a while since I had something to say. A while since I felt like I had something encouraging to say. Truth is, I’ve been the one needing the encouragement. But today I was reminded of something as I opened by bible for the first time in a long time. Since I dusted off a devotion book I haven’t read in probably a year. And... [Read more of this review]


The 6 Month Novel? YOU decide!

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Uploading a Vlog on What’s Happening at Writer…Interrupted

was harder than I thought! But I did one!!! And I’m having trouble uploading it to the blog because it exceeded the limits… So trying to upload it to my Youtube account. Stay tuned and say a prayer!!  Read More →


6 Month Novel Interrupted by the Super Bowl?

Well, not really… more like the 6 month novel was interrupted by the snow storm and a lack of planning and the Super Bowl, but I’ll get to all that later. Today was the day my crit partner and I started our 6 month novel, starting with the “Idea to Premise!” We talked about it (a little,) and I planned out a vlog to do on Sunday... [Read more of this review]


Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box

This last week, I had the opportunity to serve on a jury. While there, I noticed a lot of little details about jury duty that I’d never realized. So, here are my Top 10 Observations from the Jury Box 10. Judges and their clerks are responsible for the current global sticky-note shortage. 9. Most of the people sitting in the courtroom are just... [Read more of this review]


Um… I’ve Been a Little Interrupted

And I’m perfectly okay with it. It’s taken me a really long time to be okay with not writing, or not worrying about writing, or not stressing about keeping a blog schedule. But it’s a beautiful and freeing place to be. As a new writer there was this sense of urgency to write and publish, and with that came a lot of heartache and disappointment... [Read more of this review]


The 6 Month Novel The 6 Month Novel

We’re here! Due to technical difficulties, we didn’t get off to a quick start after the new year. But we’re here now. And we’ve got a lot planned! Writer…Interrupted is taking a new approach. While we’ll still have some inspirational moments, we’re going to focus more on getting the job done. How do you, the... [Read more of this review]


How Do You Refuel During the Holidays When You’re Running on Empty? How Do You Refuel During the Holidays When You’re Running on Empty?

I feel like the last couple of weeks I’ve been coasting down hill, running on empty. Like many people, my life has become insanely busy during the holidays and the more important things have been pushed to the curb or all together forgotten. Often times I’ve thought of pulling off the interstate to refuel, but obstacles in the road of life... [Read more of this review]


The Rule of 5 The Rule of 5

As we near year’s end, many of us are setting goals for 2014. You are, aren’t you? Writers should always set goals. Discipline is a component of our craft that may rank even higher than talent. The world is awash with brilliant writers who have never been published. These are the ones who weren’t disciplined enough follow through... [Read more of this review]


Release the Novel in You! Online Christmas Break Class! Release the Novel in You! Online Christmas Break Class!

When you friends ask you what you did over break, you can say… “I wrote a novel!!” 3 weeks to choose from! December 16th – 20 December 23rd -29th (extended due to the holiday) December 30 – January 3 Is there a Novel Inside of You? Christmas Break Novel Writing Online Class will have you writing it in no time! Will... [Read more of this review]


The 52 Books Challenge The 52 Books Challenge

Over on my blog, RonEstradaBooks.com, I’ve started a challenge. Having heard a few too many of my friends, both virtual and real, tell me that they never read any more, I decided to ask them, and you, if you can commit to 52 books in 2014. A book a week. Paper, e-book, or audio. I have two reasons for doing this: 1. I’m a writer. It just... [Read more of this review]


Writing Interruptions: Handling the Holidays

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16a” One of the biggest interruptions I deal with lasts over two months, is tons of fun, often is full of sweet family memories, and always plays havoc with my entire schedule – starting with my writing plans! If you haven’t... [Read more of this review]


A Novelist’s Movie Review: Catching Fire A Novelist’s Movie Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire, the second part to The Hunger Games trilogy, opened last week just in time for the big Thanksgiving movie rush. Of particular interest to writers is the big question of how to treat the middle part of a trilolgy. While not the focus here, I always stand on two rules when it comes to trilogies: 1. Each book should stand alone. It should... [Read more of this review]


Practicing Hospitality During the Holidays Practicing Hospitality During the Holidays

Oldie but Goodie Repost What does it mean to practice hospitality? I recently had the opportunity to utilize my home as a ministry tool and host two sisters in Christ for a week. As you might guess if you frequent my Home Management posts, this was a bit of a mountaintop moment for me. However, hospitality isn’t confined to being a gracious hostess.... [Read more of this review]


Watching a Movie with a Purpose Watching a Movie with a Purpose

This week kicks off the big movie season for Hollywood. Thanksgiving weekend will launch some of the biggest flicks of the year. In fact, Catching Fire, part two of the Hunger Games trilogy, has already opened. It’s on my “to see” list this week. As a writer, though, you shouldn’t just sit and watch these movies. You don’t... [Read more of this review]


The Balanced Life?

Guest Post by Jennifer Maggio Yeah right! Some of you may be thinking.  The elusive balanced life that many of us aspire to seems harder to achieve than ever before. We are balancing soccer practice, house cleaning, full-time jobs, family duties, friendships, church functions, writing, and more. How do we manage our to-do lists while still finding... [Read more of this review]


A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Thanksgiving

Oldie but Goodie Repost 2012   Last year I wrote about listing your Thanksgiving “Lessons-Learned” to track those once-annual thoughts of adjusted recipe measurements and where the fancy serving platter is stored. (Mine was in the guest room closet. Obviously.) I’m sharing my notes from this year’s feast, because sometimes the best you... [Read more of this review]


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