Multiple Drafts, Editors, and Squirrels with Dog Bones

I usually plan out my blog posts and get them all scheduled ahead like a neat little fairy that keeps everyone's plans nice and orderly. But um...not today. I'm writing this the night before whilst wracking my brains and pounding my head against the couch at 9 pm with a nose that has been continually … Continue reading Multiple Drafts, Editors, and Squirrels with Dog Bones

Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

This happens to me a lot when I'm editing my novel(s), and I'm sure this happens to other writers: There's that scene, that dialogue, that character that just isn't working for you. You hate it. You've tried this, you've tried that. You've worked it over and over again, mulled over it, tried to push forward, … Continue reading Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

May Wrap Up and Other World Ending Events

IT'S JUNE. WAIT, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN??? May was a weird month of like no ballet classes, breaking my phone. Endgame (*screams and tears* ).   There were weirdly cold days, mulling over stories, and buying a fourth pair of sunglasses. That was May. Like the condensed milk version. Now we can make some pumpkin … Continue reading May Wrap Up and Other World Ending Events

Living Without a Phone for a Week (not on purpose)

About two weeks ago, it was Sunday. The last day of the ballet (Sleeping Beauty). I was walking into the theater, arms full (over-stuffed backpack, over sized water bottle, lunch bag...) with my phone in hand. I dropped said phone on the cement. On the cement, face down. The screen cracked, but not only did … Continue reading Living Without a Phone for a Week (not on purpose)

The Pixar Story, and What Writers Can Learn

I recently watched the Pixar Story with my mom. It's a documentary about (you guessed it) Pixar. It's and on Netflix, and if you are a creative person you should watch it. Like right now. Ok, like, whenever you can. You may be looking at me right now (I actually hope not because I can't … Continue reading The Pixar Story, and What Writers Can Learn

How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

If we were all octopuses (or kraken), multitasking would be a lot easier. Except for multitasking multiple writing projects. Then we need eight brains as well as eight arms. Actually, make that sixteen arms. Two arms for each brain. No, this whole blog is not going to be about octopuses and Kraken, though I could continue … Continue reading How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?

I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE reading nonfiction. Evidence: Writers are constantly berated with the fact that they need to read fiction. That they need to read within their genre. And WE DO NEED TO READ FICTION. I mean, we make fiction, so we better be familiar with it. But you know … Continue reading Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?

When You Hate Your Writing

I talked about this a little here, but I want to go further into it today. Back sometime in December  - I'm not really sure when, but it was a few days after Christmas - I pulled out a first draft I had set aside for a few months. My fantasy novel Oh, Wonder Why … Continue reading When You Hate Your Writing