Julie Oldham Writes


Last time, I recommended Finish by Jon Acuff.  I liked it so much, I bought one of his calendars.  I think I’m supposed to use it to plan, but I’m using it mostly to track. Each week, I put my goals in a black permanent marker.  Then each day, I add in red if I’ve hit my goal, and blue if I don’t.  Why blue? Because I wanted green, but I only… Read More

Greetings, friends!  November was quite productive for writing, as I hit 50k on Thanksgiving for NaNoWriMo.  Some people apparently don’t know what that is, so I’ll explain.  National Novel Writing Month occurs every November, and writers from all over the world attempt to write 50,000 words during the thirty days of the month.  Averaging almost 1700 words a day isn’t easy! After finishing the first act of my third novel, Our Sister’s… Read More

We are 17 days into nanowrimo, and at the end of yesterday, I had 35,000 words.  I could write a little more than 1000 words a day and hit the 50k by the end of the month, so there’s some good news. 50k does not make a fantasy novel, however, so I will still have plenty of work to do once I “win.”  I’ll slow down a bit at that point, and… Read More

Deep in Nano!

Greetings and happy November!  As promised last week, I’ve started NaNoWriMo.  We’ll see how it goes.  Last year, I decided to cut my effort short as I had too much going on with other parts of my life.  Work gets busy during this time, and although I don’t spend a lot more time there, I do spend a lot more of my creative energy.  So far, so good though!  I have over… Read More

Greetings, readers!  I am sorry about skipping last week; these things happen when you’re planning your next novel!  Nanowrimo starts this Friday, and all of my plans are in place to crush the 50k goal.   You can find me there at “julieowrites” if you’re joining in the fun! The second book is still resting on the shelf as some people read it, but I also had another group read the first chapter. … Read More

We are all the way up to Chapter Twenty in our journey through my very first novel.  There are twenty-four chapters total, so we are wrapping it up soon.  What would you like to see next? Novel Three continues in the planning phase, kicking and screaming.  I’m using Scrivener, Excel, Aeon Timeline, Wonderdraft, and Scapple to organize it as much as possible in the hopes of having a usable outline at the… Read More

Greetings and happy Sunday!  I’ve sent off the third draft of my second novel, Dragon Herald, to some readers.  This week, I’m working on the outline for the third novel, The Sister’s Mage.  If everything works according to plan, it might be ready to draft in time for Nanowrimo.  We’ll see! Here’s chapter 19 of Defiant while we wait!

Wow!  It has been one week since the Writing Excuses Cruise, and another change from last year is I have all the energy in the world to write.  I’m wrapping up the third draft of my second novel.  Once it is out to readers, I’ll continue planning the third novel, and then start drafting it sometime in November or December. We’re on to Chapter Eighteen in my first novel, Defiant.  As a… Read More

Welcome to my annual review of the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat, aka the Writing Excuses Cruise.  I’m calling it “annual” now because I plan to repeat it every year I can attend, so you can probably guess this review is positive.  Everything I wrote last year is still valid, though I feel a bit better equipped to tell you why I had such a good time and why you should join… Read More

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