I live in written worlds. Sometimes, they are my own. Sometimes, they are those who went before me.

Narnia. Hogwarts. Middle Earth. City of Bones. Wonderland. Nevermoor. Half Blood Hill. I've visited them all.

What's your favorite?

Wise words from Terry Pratchett! It's easy to beat yourself up when you're writing a first draft, but I'm a big advocate of "pen to paper." Just get your thoughts out!

When I first started writing, I would rewrite myself over and over before moving on to the next passage. Now, I'm working hard to keep it moving! If I need to research something, I jot a note or make a highlight. So, if you ever run across any of my drafts, you will see crazy scribbles like "insert cool name for candy that changes color when you eat it" or "research body language of an angry giant."

When the words flow, sometimes I even surprise myself! Happy writing!

Happy #nationaldogday, writers and bookworms! Sheepadoodle Digsby is spending the day in his favorite spot, snuggled up with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I love how this series challenges young readers with big words, hilariously defined by its mysterious narrator, Lemony Snicket. For instance, "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."