Thanksgiving is around the corner, with pies and cooked birds and weird, jelly-like cranberry sauce. Time to be thankful about things before Black Friday hits and we start being greedy for things and deals and Christmas presents and vacuum cleaners. Books are one of the things I'm thankful for, especially for all the "important" things … Continue reading Thank You to Books and All the “Important” Things They Taught Me
Ever feel like your story needs an extra punch? There's just not enough kick to it? It's just not jumping off the page and attacking you in the face enough? Well, I got - not a solution but a possible idea. There's this thing called character folding *raise your hand if you've heard of it*. … Continue reading Character Folding: take your story from good to crazy
First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session
Yes, this blog is about writing and other literary stuff of that nature. But as a writer, a STORYTELLER, studying any type of storytelling, I think, is important. I am also one of those people who think movies are just as good as books. So there. My Mom and I went on a stint in … Continue reading Classic Movies that I Just – No Thank You
You're deep in the well of editing your novel, slogging through the mud of run-on sentences and plot holes. The only problem is, you've been slogging through the mud for a year, or maybe years, maybe even EONS. You've read the book inside and out. You know there are problems, but you just can't see … Continue reading Ways to See Your Novel with Fresh eyes
I read sooooooo many classic books as a kid/highschooler. Like honestly, half the time I feel like that's all I read. I loved then, despite how dense or difficult to read. Some I loved, some I hated, some I blew through in days others took MONTHS (like Les Mis). So here's a list of some of … Continue reading Favorite Classic Books
IT'S THE END OF OCTOBER. Actually, it's November now. Less than two months till Christmas. Santa's elves already have started showing up at my house, not that they're much help... October was - fall? Like it got chilly and brisk and rainy and windy and sunshine on green leaves (the leaves took a LONG time … Continue reading What was October? Nanowrimo?
You know what today is (or, tomorrow). All Hallows Eve. Pumpkins, candles, candy, costumes, and NANOWRIMO (shhhh). Here I will lead you in a step by step process of how to properly scare a writer. (WARNING: I cannot promise you how your writer will respond. They may scream and run away to Greenland, blast themselves … Continue reading How to Scare a Writer
Me: sometimes I journal before bed, which can be helpful but sometimes I get inspired and - Mom: you know I could have told you that it wouldn't be helpful to fall asleep. Anywho, I started journaling last year. AND I LOVE IT. First off, I have two journals (though I have a lot more … Continue reading Creative Journaling (or journaling for writers)
One thing I'm truly grateful for? My mom. She was a creative writing major, so when I was a wee one and wanted to publish poems she handed me a copy of the Writer's Market and said, "go for it." (Ok we went to the library but whatever.) I am SO glad that I started … Continue reading Get to Know the Writing Industry When You Know Nothing.