Coffee and December Update 2020

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Coffee and December 2020 – Hopefully aka the End of the Year and a Brand New Start

Welcome to the end of 2020…unless we go through a wormhole and it turns into a never-ending Monday in 2020. Let’s not do that.

This year has been as crazy for me as it has for you. The work, the layoffs, the pandemic, the face masks, and way too much sanitizer. I’ve had my meditation apps on more than not this year.

Wow! I just checked the stats and over 5k viewers have visited DarWrites in the last few months, even with me being a little quite.

Thank you!

I hope you’ve all found the content here helpful and fun. That is why I started DarWrites and that’s why it will keep going.

Speaking of fun, have you seen the workbooks?

There are two new workbooks available for free to writers during the pandemic.

Check them out here:

DarWrites Prompt Book #2

The Writer’s Pocket Book of Inspiration: Pandemic Edition

So…update. I’ve finished draft three of book #15. It’s almost ready for beta testing. During NaNoWriMo last month I worked on book #16 and it’s progressing slowly…one of my characters ran away with me and the plot. I barely thought I was going to finish my 50k, but by the end of November I had 60k words. Yay!

Horrah for all my writer buddies out there who have finished their NaNoWriMo project! And hurrah for all my writer buddies who attempted it – this year hasn’t been easy and if you even got 5k, 10k, or 20k words, you won in my book. You have more words now than you did before.

Go for it!


Coming Workshops

You can find me teaching workshops through Romance Writer’s of America’s specialty groups: FF&P and Hearts Through History.

Diversifying your science fiction, FF&P RWA, Mar. 2021

Let’s level up our science fiction romance by adding spice! We will address diversity of people and thought, figure out unique elements of futurism, and find a realistic scientific way to get around the human/alien paradigm. Bring your sexiest alien, superhuman, and unique monsters – together we will make them stand out among the crowd and make your readers swoon over them! During the course of the class we will have a battle to create the ultimate alien hottie – may the sexiest alien win a special gift!

You can enroll in Diversifying your science fiction starting January through FF&P RWA.


Hellenistic Romance: Eros in ancient Greece, Hearts Through History RWA, June 2021

Sexy is a romantic seaside escape with beautiful clothes and architecture with a backdrop of a gripping war. Come learn what the ancient Greeks believed about love! Eros is the word the Greeks used to describe romantic, passionate love…or you can check out the other seven types of love!

You can enroll in Hellenistic Romance starting in April through the Hearts Through History Chapter of RWA.


Putting the Sci in Science Fiction Romance FF&P RWA, August 2021

What is science fiction and why do we love it? In this four-week overview workshop, we will check out everything from first-contact scenarios to themes and ideas that aren’t often explored in science fiction. Let’s use plausible extrapolations of technology based on current science to make it integral to our stores and level up our science fiction. By the end of the workshop you will have more tools to create fantastic science fiction.

You can enroll in Putting the Sci in Science Fiction Romance Workshop starting in June through FF&P RWA.


Freelance writing for nomads, DarWrites, October 2021

Learn how to create high-quality, valuable content while on the go.


Creating the writer’s manifesto, DarWrites, December 2021

This is a fun weekend workshop for writers who want to take a break and reassess their writing life. 


Thanks for taking the time to have a cup of coffee with me.  I’d like to share with you inspiration I’ve found recently: no matter what happens in your life, you are the only you there is. You need to take care of you. You need to embrace all the you there is – because it is a limited resource.

Share your light.

You’re the only one who can.

Write on,


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DarWrites Prompts Book 2 is FREE for November 2020 NaNoWriMo!

I don’t know about you, but for me 2020 has been hard!

With the idea of uplifting your life and writing, I offer a freebie for NaNoWriMo:

This will be available as a free download during November 2020 to celebrate NaNoWriMo 2020!

I hope you write well, often, and are inspired by this treat.

After November, this book of writing prompts will be flipped into a print and published book and all money made from this edition will go toward upkeep and new posts for DarWrites!

And a remind in case you haven’t already, you can also download the free

Thanks to all the writers, friends, and family who have supported me in my writing endeavors. You rock!








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The Touchstone Writer’s Workshop

The Touchstone Writer’s Course, Presented by DarWrites

Are you a writer who wants to level up your writing process?

Hey, I’m Darlene. I’ve been in the writing trenches and want to share what I know so you won’t step in the potholes I did on my writer’s journey.

Starting December 1, we will have three workshops online. My workshops work best when I post a lesson and you do the work throughout the week on your own – then I’ll offer feedback via email.

What: learn to embrace a working process. Figure out your personal means of writer triage. Face your biggest writing fear and overcome it. Learn how to go the distance with your writing and how to create your writer’s battle plan!

December 2020

Spots still available: 7

For details, contact Darlene Reilley at

Cost: $50 (payable via paypal)

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The Touchstone Writer’s Course

Want to level up your writing career?

DarWrites presents The Touchstone Writer’s Course – a 4-week journey that will help you level up your words and focus on developing the touchstone of your writing career.

E-mail for details.

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How to Support the Writers in Your Life

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Hey, writers!

I’m so happy to speak to you again – I know I’ve been away for a while, but circumstances have changed and I am back! DarWrites will continue to provide inspiration and resources for writers of all levels!

I’m really excited about three things right now: my new home on the internet, Darlene Reilley; my upcoming book release, The Divantinum Project: Wastling (book 1), and a new writer’s workshop!

Darene Reilley: the website

I’ve split DarWrites from Darlene Reilley, writer – and have created a new authorpreneur website where I can grow and work as a freelance writer.

The Divantinum Project

This has been in the works since 2010…my science fiction romance saga! I’ve already announced its upcoming release, but I have to share with you guys – this is my favorite book ever. I’ve lived with the characters so long, they feel like family, and I’m happy to say that we’re all excited by this news!

The Kickass Writer’s Retreat

New announcement: my next writing workshop will begin in September! This fully online course will help you level up your content! I’m calling it The Kickass Writer’s Retreat!

This four-week course will allow writers to reconnect with their craft and help you develop a positive mental attitude that will help you progress! Over the last two years I have developed my persistence and drive. I can help you level up!

The Kickass Writer’s Retreat

Interested in leveling up your words and attitude as a writer? Check out The Kickass Writer’s Retreat! For more information, contact Darlene!

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Book Cover Release! The Divantinum Project Book #1: Wastling

I’m so excited and want to share with you the best news I’ve had this year! I’m releasing the first book in my science fiction series. The Divantinum Project Book #1: Wastling is coming out. Here’s a sneak peak.

I’ve had the pleasure of living with these characters for the last ten years – and I can’t wait to introduce them to you!



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10th Anniversary of The Zombie Slayer

Zombie Slayer

Ten years ago, I published my first novel, Zombie Slayer. That book is the first of several I’ve completed since, but I always come back to the characters in it and the lessons learned while writing it. It’s hard to believe, but I have a book that is ten years old. How cool is that? Here’s looking forward to what the next ten years have to hold.





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Star Spangled Life

Stars and Stripes 2020


Star Spangled Life

Darlene Reilley


Flags fly high across this boundless sky.

I’m just a writer with a simple dream

To stand with fellow patriots and live

a star spangled life.


Times are hard, belts are tight.

People bicker, people fight.

Separate, together.


Our people strived to make this nation

this home as great as it could be

for us.


Cease squabbling.

Stop destroying.

Use your energy for creation!

Build the next American Dream!


Better times will come when we pull together

And create a stronger vision of what this

Amazing place will be.

Let’s create something that lasts

two thousand years.







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2020 Writer Helpers

Hey, Writers.

It’s been a tough year so far, but I have a few things that can help you write in 2020. Check out the ones that speak to you.

New content coming soon!

The Writer’s Pocket Book of Inspiration Pandemic Edition


How I Made My First $1,000 as a Writer


How to Start Freelance Writing, Part 1

How to Start Freelance Writing Part 2: The Plan

How to Start Freelance Writing Part 3: The Website


3 Side-jobs for Freelance Writers I’ve Actually Made Money With

10 Things to Ignite Writing Creativity



The Writer’s Cave


Write on!


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