A few simple design tips to make sure your website shines

Recently, I updated my website, with the main new addition being a homepage, rather than my most recent posts being the first thing you see when you come to the website. …


Life is busy, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to write

In every author’s dream, we have hours upon hours to idle away in a coffee shop, writing and reading and daydreaming about characters.

In reality, however, many of us have day jobs, school, family to take care…


3 ways to practice and 2 common mistakes

Unless you’re writing an experimental, edgy book that has zero direct dialogue, your book will probably heavily rely on having characters speaking to each other. It can be easy to take dialogue in a book for granted, especially because when it’s well done, we often don’t even notice it.


These are the books that got me through this year

Every sentence I start to write to describe 2020 either sounds trite, or is a massive understatement. So I’ll just let you fill in your own sentence about how 2020 sucked. I’ll let you know that, in additional to all…


A super minimalist method to keep your tasks and thoughts organized

If you’re convinced that you can’t do bullet journaling because you’re not artistic or don’t have the time for complicated spreads, I got you.


Was it worth it?

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As of today, my book The Mistletoe Connection has officially been out for over a week! *cue confetti* Although I’ve been doing a deep dive into the process of self-publishing in a series here on the blog, I thought I’d also share a shorter post about…


Enjoy the first chapter from this cozy Christmas romance!

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The Mistletoe Connection is my debut novel that came out on Nov. 10! It’s been so fun to work on, and I hope you enjoy it too. Below you can find a sneak peek from the first chapter.

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If you want to get in a fall mood, but consider yourself a scaredy-cat, these books are for you!

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October is here, and that means it’s the season for cozy sweaters, changing leaves, and spooky books! While some people devour horror books by the likes of Stephen King, I tend…


So you’ve written a book. Now what?

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When you want to self-publish, the first step, naturally is writing a book. But once you’ve got a book that’s been edited by you and others…then what?

The short answer is, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make.

If we’re being honest…


Improve your craft during all those long quarantine walks

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Y’ALL. It’s been two years since I started this blog!

*cue confetti and lots of cake or the dessert of your choice*

I’ve got some ~big changes~ planned, but for now, let’s celebrate with…podcasts!

One of my first posts was about…

Chelsea Pennington

I help readers and writers discover and create life-changing stories. Connect with me at ChelseaPenningtonAuthor.com

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