The Writer’s Cave



There are caves all over the world, yet here in Writerland, we have our own cave. It’s a sanctuary high in the mountains where you go to rejuvenate. If you’d like a practicing meditation on writing, read on.

Some caves are filled with stalagmites and stalactites while others have water or ancient drawings. If you’re lucky, your cave will have all three.

The cave in Writerland is a retreat to come to when you need a break from real life. It’s a place to go when you need inspiration and restoration. Eagles soar above the Cave where the Muse lives. It’s a hike, but when you get there you can crawl into the cave and sit next to the pool of molten chocolate. Fruit grows inside the cave next to the fairy knoll.

What can you learn in the cave?

Anything you want to.

Whenever you feel as though you’re at the end of your writer’s rope, come to the cave and restore your writing powers. Consider it a practice in meditation and focus. If you don’t like my construction of the Writing Cave with its pool of molten chocolate, create your own.

Create a garden, a hiking trail, or a tropical beach with coconut and banana trees.

This part of my Writer’s Cave is dedicated to you, the writer who needs a quiet nook to explore tools, articles, and more. Here, I explore the writing craft as I live it. Come and join me – coffee or tea, everyone is welcome (if you stick to the end of this page, you’ll find a secret).

Are you working on a NaNoWriMo novel? Connect with me!

Darlene’s Work

Buy My Books



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Writing

3 Awful Truths About Being a Beginning Writer

How to Support Your Writer

On Writing a First-Draft Novel

A Peek Inside a Writer’s Journal

The Post-MFA Rambling

Tips on Writing a Non-Linear Narrative

Top 10 Reasons to take the Anthropology, Archaeology & Romance Writer Workshop

The Writing Process in Supposedly Three Steps

Writing Toolbox: 20 Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Writing

Writer’s Planner 2017

A Writer’s Wish List 2017



Release: DarWrites Writing Prompts Book 1

How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

Top 10 Things to Ignite Writing Creativity


Freelance Writing Series

How to Start Freelance Writing, Part 1: My Story

How to Start Freelance Writing Part 2: The Plan

How to Start Freelance Writing Part 3: The Website


Fantastic Guest Bloggers Who Want You to Write

A. R. DeClerck | The Writer’s Zen

Tameri Etherton | Interview and Update

DL Fowler | Do You Write for Readers?

JC Hay | Piercing the Shadows of Cyberpunk

Stacey Oberle | Breaking the Rules

Alexandra Panic | Mamma Writes: On Writing and Teaching Creative Writing

Cynthia Sax | Insights For New Writers

Chris Weigand | Don’t Melt

Chris Weigand | Stacey Oberle | Darlene Reilley | How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

Stephen Zimmer | Rayden Valkyrie: Behind the Scenes


Writer Fun and Projects

How to Knit a Writer’s Plot Bunny

How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

Surprise! Here’s a Writing Prompt

Writer Affirmation

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Writer Affirmations

Darlene Reilley's desk

Hey, writer.

I am so glad you’re here.

I’ve been where you are. I’ve been the writer who scribbles in the back of a notebook during stolen snatches of time.

If you’re here, you’re interested in leveling up craft and networking with writers of all levels.

About me: I write. Like you, I have a vast history of writing in multiple genres and really wanted to write my whole life.

I know a lot of teachers who teach and I know a lot of writers who write. The ones I learned best from are the writers who teach because they write. That’s me – I practice what I teach.

Here I will be assembling tools to help writers, a collection of essays written by myself and guest bloggers, and eventually I’ll add my workshops [online and in person].

I am available as a writing coach, teacher, and inspirational speaker. If you’re interested in booking me for an event, please contact me.




Announcing two new online workshops in 2023! Follow me for details.

If you’re interested in booking me to facilitate a workshop, please Contact me. I’m a digital nomad who loves to travel and give workshops.

Writer’s Toolkit

Top 10 Things to Ignite Writing Creativity

Writing Toolbox: 20 Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Writing

Writer’s Planner 2017

Surprise! Here’s a Writing Prompt


DarWrites: the Blog

My writing journey took a left turn at Mt. Rainier with DarWrites in 2010. Since then, I have been sharing my adventure and helping writers by creating informative content and challenges that will help you level up your writing.

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