A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Getting Braver: Goodbye Pen Name

I’ve decided to do away with my pen name. That’s right, “Sarrah J. Woods” is not really my name. It’s a pen name I made up several years ago because … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Maintaining Writing Energy

Since I’m finally getting back into my writing life, I’ve pulled out some thoughts I jotted down last year about keeping up my writing energy. Maybe you will find them helpful, too. 1. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Great Stories Are Magic

  I’ve been reflecting lately on what makes a story great. There are good, well-written stories that connect with many readers, and then there are great stories that sell wildly … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thoughts on Writing and Being Thirty

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. It’s been a busy spring (but when is spring not busy?) (by the way, an update post on the kittens is … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why Writing the First Draft of a Novel is So Difficult

First drafts are like first dates. They’re awkward, arduous, boring, and full of uncertainties and doubts. You have to just get through them to get to the easier stages where … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Back to Original Blog Name

Just letting you know that I decided to change my blog’s name from “Sarrah J. Woods” back to “A Bringer of New Things,” which was the original title. It may … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Art and Aloneness

  I’ve always had conflicting desires for solitary independence and sure belonging—to be myself and to fit in. I guess everyone, at some point, feels both of these yearnings and … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

New Writing Plan and “Story a Day in May”

I’ve stumbled onto a new writing system that is working wonders for me! Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was feeling impatient about my writing goals? I think … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Need Patience: Working towards Your Dreams Is Not Easy!

It’s hard to be patient when your dreams seem so close but just out of reach. I want so much to write great books that will impact people, as other … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Intricacy of Effective Simplicity

I’ve been reflecting lately that in every area of artistic craft, effective simplicity is deceptively difficult to achieve. It takes time and skill to create the kind of simplicity that connects … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Feeding My Creative Spirit, My Miracle, and Other Updates

In the past year or so, as I’ve worked hard to press nearly every free minute at my day job into the service of my slow-building writing career (luckily my … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

On Writing and Art: A Breakthrough

~ Preface ~ I think I’ve told you before about the uncannily regular pattern I experience of holding a strong opinion about something only to later have to reverse it, … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 4 Comments