Do I Have a Gold Medal in My House?

Do I Have a Gold Medal in My House?

A quarter century ago, the magic of the Olympics lit up Chattanooga, Tennessee like a wildfire. It was common to see Olympic rowers, like Greek gods and goddesses, gliding in their shells along the Tennessee River. For three years, Chattanoogans watched these dynamic rowers transform from college graduates into Olympians.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games brought these rowers to Chattanooga. Scores of them trained at the William C. Raoul Rowing Center from 1994-1996 and many local families opened their homes to support them. These families had a behind-the-scenes look at some of the challenges the athletes faced on their rise toward Olympus. One of those families were the Pattens, who opened their doors to many female rowers.

For the rest of the behind-the-scenes article, go to When the Olympics Came to Chattanooga.

Finishing Strong: Last Words in a Manuscript

Finishing Strong: Last Words in a Manuscript

Hi Writers!

Make the most of Black Friday by putting black ink on your pages!

Hope all of you have a stupendous Thanksgiving and are excited for the final weekend of NaNo.

I reached 50K words the night before Thanksgiving. YAY! I started as NaNo Classic and finished as a Rebel. That’s right, I’m a rebel writer. I missed out on a prep exercise this year due to helping my son get well. That exercise gives me 5K-10K worth of words by the time I’m done. I saved the last 10K of words to do that exercise. Now, I’m ready to revise, add more dimension, depth, character motivation, and twists for the reader. My take away, do what you need to do in order to get you to the next phase of your writing.

Tips for Finishing Strong:

1. Write what you need to write to get you to the next phase of your writing.

2. Write about world building. For example, I wrote all of my world building elements (the last 10K words) and answered key questions that illuminate the world to me. It also helps me with character motivation and seeing how my character moves and navigates her world.

3. Write about your main character’s goals.

4. Make a list of the filler scenes that connect the plot points. Write those scenes.

5. Add transitions to your story.

These are some tips that can help you make your word count and win NaNo.

What are some of your tips that you’re doing or did that have helped you become successful?

You’ve got this! You can do it!!



Write into Confidence Course: Beta Writers Needed

Write into Confidence Course: Beta Writers Needed

Write into Confidence

Are you a beginner fiction, creative nonfiction, or screenwriter? Are you struggling with confidence?

If you said, “Yes,” this option is for you! Write into Confidence takes people who want to write a story and shows them how to start.

This step-by-step guide helps people apply everyday life into a story and teaches basic storytelling elements.


Beta Writers Needed

Join the Write into Confidence group. People beta testing my new workbook that will accompany my writing course in spring, 2022.

I’m looking for three more writers to test the workbook this November, December, and January for free. (Limited time.)

Please click on “Join Beta Course” button to have access.