“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time.’”

~ Stephen King

I’m actually far too much of a chicken to read most of Stephen King’s fiction, so the quote above came from a non-fiction book he wrote on writing. And it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. When writing gets hard, when it gets complicated, when I just feel like I’ll never ever be able to finish (or start!) what I’m working on, I think of this quote and it helps me type the first word. And then the next. One at a time. Until I have a sentence. A paragraph. A chapter. A book!

It’s the same with life sometimes, too, isn’t it? Sometimes it gets hard, sometimes it gets complicated, sometimes we feel like we’ll never finish (or be able to start!) what we want to. But if we break it down and take one step at a time, we’ll eventually get there. Maybe very slowly. But we’ll get there. If we don’t give up.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you’re keeping healthy and happy as you take your days one step — or one word — at a time.

Claudia xo



I’ve currently got a middle-grade novel out on submission and I’m keeping my fingers crossed one of the editors who has it in their hands will fall in love with it!

I’m also working on two new middle-grade novels that I hope to have finished by the end of this year.

Below, you’ll see my published novel. I’m hoping to turn this section into a proper list before long!

middle-grade fiction:

Smudge's Mark by Claudia Osmond
Simply Read Books 2009

Unable to remember anything from his past, Simon is haunted by a dream of an eagle, a serpent, and an angel that smells like bubblegum. Then one night, his dreams change. The angel gives him a special object that’s still with him when he wakes up — an object desired by many but destined only for him, that will change his life forever.


SMUDGE’S MARK was chosen as tween magazine, The Magazine’s Book of the Month for November 2009, and was named as a January Magazine Best Children’s Book for 2009. SMUDGE’S MARK was also honoured as a Best New Book for Young People, 2009, by the Association for Canadian Publishers, and was featured in the fall 2009 issue of the Quill and Quire.

“Claudia Osmond has created one of the most relatable and likeable characters to ever come out of young adults’ fantasy literature. Simon (a.k.a. Smudge) is funny, fallible, curious, sometimes awkward, but always genuine. By virtue of its vivid prose, breath-stopping cliffhangers, unique characterization and an action-packed plot that is more unpredictable than an angry dragon, Smudge’s Mark is undoubtedly a book that ought to grace every young person’s bookshelf.”                                                                    – Meisner, deGroot and Associates, Toronto

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