About This Blog


Hey guys! What's up? I’m Hannah, an author of YA Christian Fantasy, a nerd, a bookworm, and a Lyme fighter. I believe that words are very powerful and try my hardest to use this power for good.

I guess that kind of makes me a Magician. My magical power is words. So what would that make me? A Wordlock? Yeah, a Wordlock. I like that. 

Before we go any further, I need to explain something. See that picture of me over in the sidebar? It makes me look all nice and semi-professional. I think we need to come to an understanding:

That’s not really who I am most of the time. I’m more like this:
Photo Credit: Logan Heath
And, when I’m not like that, you can be pretty sure that this is what’s going on in my head:
Why is this? Some would say it’s because I have lyme disease, which has slightly addled my brain. But that theory doesn’t really hold water because I had sarcasm, Christianity, and nerdiness long before I had Lyme.

The truth is, I’m like that because I’m a writer. And writers are weird. Especially when they’re writers named Hannah Heath.
Because words are so powerful, I spend most of my time learning how to better wield it’s magic. Here, on this blog, it is my goal to provide you with the tools necessary to not only become a good Wordlock, but a thoughtful, confident person.

Sometimes that means being brutally honest about books, writing, and humanity in general. So while I'll provide you with writing tips, I also write posts to help people understand and analyze characters, writing, and books on a deeper level. That’s why I use sarcasm: I’ve found it to be a very effective way to combat complacency and shallow-thinking. Such things will be laughed at here.

Of course I also write book reviews. How could I not? I choose a “book of the month” and then proceed to craft a recipe that features the kinds of foods those book characters eat. I share this recipe (along with a review of the novel) at the end of the month. I’m also a book reviewer over at Constant Collectible, an awesome geek blog that you should probably be following.

There is a lot more to this blog, but those are the main points I thought you should know about before you get in too deep. Because if you plan on sailing these waters, you’re gonna need a bigger boat.

I greatly encourage comments and interaction here on my blog. If you have questions, comments, or just want to say hi, feel free to get in touch with me via my website, or leave a comment on any of my posts. I have only one rule: Have courage and be kind. Make Cinderella the writing world proud.

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23 comments:

  1. Hey, Hannah!

    I keep stumbling onto your blog and finding these amazing articles, so I thought I should say, "hi!" Thank you for your posts, and I hope your novels turn out well! It is great to find another young person who is pursuing traditional publishing.
    I actually wrote my first "novel" after reading Lord of the Rings, too. Only, I had an evil motive; I was so mad about Boromir's death that I wanted to kill a nice character, too ;) Obviously, I had a lot of learning to do!
    Have a great day, and God bless,
    Gabrielle

    P.S. Don't bother wasting your time on Hunger Games-- I've really all three books, and definitely isn't worth it.

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    1. Hey Gabrielle! Thanks for leaving me the comment. It's always cool to hear about other writers stumbling across my blog. =)
      I love your motivation for writing an LOTRish book. I always watch that scene and have the awful desire to write a character's death the way Tolkien did Boromir's. Glad I'm not the only one. =)
      Thanks for the tip on the Hunger Games! I'll think twice before stepping into that series.
      I'm so glad you've enjoyed my posts. I look forward to hearing from you again and will be stopping by your blog soon!

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    2. Aren't we evil? ;) It actually turned out to be a huge mistake because it took my six years of writing (and a lot of starting the story over as I matured) before I actually reached the doomed character's death scene. By then, I had fallen in love with that character myself, and I ended up crying for a good hour. So it backfired ;)
      Good luck on "The Stump of the Terebinth Tree." I'll be praying for you and your publishing journey; I know how hard it is!

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  2. Hey, Hannah! I hope you are doing well :) I just tagged you for the "Freestyle Writing Challenge," and I wanted to let you know. Of course, you don't have to do it, but I thought I would let you know! Here is a link if you are interested: https://writefortheking.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-two-tags-that-i-promised/.
    God bless,
    Gabrielle

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  3. Found this blog and immediately loved it. You present useful and relevant writing tips/tricks/critiques in a humorous manner that is highly memorable.

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    1. Hi Laura! I'm so glad you're enjoying this blog. Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  4. FYI book-scented candles are a thing. In case you didn't know... ;)

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    1. *gasps* That is amazing. I'm going to have to go get myself some. Thanks!

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  5. Oh my garsh, Hannah, this is possibly the best about page ever created. Can I please call myself a Wordlock from now on? Plus the sarcasm loaded and nerd reference loading is so relatable, as is the picture.

    I came here because I'm rewriting my about page and wanted inspiration. Inspiration has been acquired.

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    1. Lol! Yes, I now name you Katherine Wordlock. Go forth and cast your spells wisely. =)

      Glad this page gave you some inspiration! I'm looking forward to reading what you come up with.

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    2. I shall!

      Oh, yeah. My about page has been slightly modified and I finally put your little blurb in there. Took me long enough.

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    3. Sweet! I just saw it and love it!

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  6. I'm on team "Defend Hunger Games," especially the first one! It is absolutely worth a read. Think about it ... if not, why did the person above (who dissed it) waste her time reading all three books? She would have stopped at the first ... had it not drawn her in. So many loyalty layers woven within. There is joy and reading, writing, life lessons to be learned from all levels of novels!

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  7. I recently found this blog, and love it! I have been through loads of boring, useless blogs, but yours is interesting and really helped me!

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  8. I found your blog last night, and I have spent hours on it since. I keep reading through post after post and thinking that you hit the nail right on the head. I just had to let you know.

    I am an unpublished writer and found a lot of very useful advice that I will definitely be returning to in the future. Keep up the good work! Judging from your blog, I do not doubt that you will get published. Have you been looking at mostly Christian publishers, or have you expanded your search to other YA publishers?

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    1. Thank you so much, Luke! It put a huge smile on my face to know that you are enjoying my blog.

      I haven't looked at many publishers yet, as I am planning on searching for a literary agent first. But I'm open to both Christian publishers and YA publishers (and agents). I want to reach both audiences (Christian and secular), so I'm excited to see which group accepts me first. =D

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. Best of luck with your writing!

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  10. Hannah,

    Out of curiosity, do you have a post regarding the word processor you use or recommend for writing? I've been having trouble deciding what platform to start my writing in.

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    1. Hello! Great question! My answer to this is probably very different from what you'll hear most other places: I actually don't have a preference for word processors. I used Pages because I have a mac. When I had a PC I used Office Word.

      I've never used any of the word processors designed for novel-writers. I have a lot of friends who swear by Scrivner, but I've never used it. I figure that many of my favorite authors wrote their stories on typewriters...or by hand. So I should be able to use any old word processor. =D I just try to get the words down...doesn't really matter where as long as they all end up in one coherent story.

      That being said, I don't think there's anything wrong with using something like Scrivner. I just can't personally recommend one. Thanks for the comment, though! Please let me know if I misunderstood the question....Or if you end up finding a processor you enjoy!

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  11. Hello
    Thank you for your wonderful blog. It's very helpful and has improved my writing a lot. I have a question : what should you do if you completely lose inspiration for your book, but you have lots of ideas for a different book?
    Thanks!

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    1. Great question, Joy! This is a really hard question to answer, especially since I don't know your full circumstances. However, I'll do my best:

      If there is a story you have lost inspiration for, that doesn't necessarily mean you need to give up on it. Look at it and ask: "Why did I start this story in the first place? What does it mean to me personally? How can I change the plot, characters, or theme to make it more interesting?" If the story is still a special one to you that you think is worth saving, then keep writing even without inspiration. Continuing writing will naturally stoke up more inspiration for the book.

      However, if you honestly just don't think this book is worth trying to save, then certainly move on to a different book. If your answer to "Why did I start this story in the first place? What does it mean to me personally?" doesn't reveal that this story is important to you (or others) then there's no use forcing forward. If your other book seems like a better option, then go for it.

      I guess the main point is this: Inspiration generally isn't a good enough foundation to start a book or abandon it. Inspiration comes and goes. It's very fickle. =) You'll want to have a solid reason for writing a book. Perhaps you believe in the message, think it will help you personally, or hope that it will help others. You pick the book that means something to you and go from there.

      Also, if you find that you are constantly losing interest in one book and moving on to another, you may have a plot bunny infestation. =D You can read about that here: http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com/2015/04/controlling-your-plot-bunnies-how-to.html

      I hope this helps you! I've been in that spot before and know it can be a tricky choice. Please let me know if you have follow up questions!

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    2. Thanks!, that's really helpful.
      I think I'll change the plot on the first story a bit and keep going.
      Thank you so much for your nice long reply =)

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  12. Sorry! I have another question : ) If you write from the point of view of a major character, but not the main character, will it sound like that person is the main character? Thanks!

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