Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

It's ALL HALLOW'S EVE (THAT'S HALLOWEEN PEOPLE) and that means *drumroll* LEAVES! CANDY! WALKING AROUND IN COSTUMES! But anyway. Last year I wrote When You Find out You're a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace). So THIS year, I did another themed post, but this one is *drumroll again please* When You Have a New … Continue reading Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.), you might find that you need some different … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Rewriting Old Stories

Lately I've been revisiting some old stories ideas.... For Nanowrimo (2017) I picked up a very, very, very, very old piece that was around before the asteroid hit and killed all the dinos (meaning when I was 14). That was a fantasy novel called Oh, Wonder Why the Sun Fell. I then picked up Raptor … Continue reading Rewriting Old Stories

Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)

So. You have finished your first draft. HIP HIP HORRAY!! Good for you! *pat on back* So you have your beautiful, gleaming - confusing, junk filled, messy, first draft. Time to fix it and write the 2nd draft. And now I present to you an illustrated guide to the stages of writing your 2nd draft, … Continue reading Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)

I CAN’T THINK OF A BLOG POST (and 2 month recap)

Like nope, there ain't nothing there. Got no thoughts about writing. I mean I've been writing a lot - just not thinking about writing  I guess?? I came here to say I have nothing to talk about. I considered pulling the "since I don't know what to write about I'll write about what to do … Continue reading I CAN’T THINK OF A BLOG POST (and 2 month recap)

Sometimes the Best You Can Do is “Delete”

Most little girls sit in their princess costumes, watching princess movies,  singing along and wishing that they were a princess too. And though I did enjoy watching the dashing prince slay the dragon, I was also watching something else.  I was the little girl watching Agony and the Ecstasy, aspiring to be the next Michelangelo. … Continue reading Sometimes the Best You Can Do is “Delete”

What I Love About Writing (since it’s St. Valentine’s Day)

(Yes, I am calling it St. Valentine's Day, because we all still call it St. Patrick's Day so why should St. Valentine be left out???) On this most romantical day of the year (though it's also Ash Wednesday peoples) I am here to give an "ode" to Writing, which is obviously the most romantic thing … Continue reading What I Love About Writing (since it’s St. Valentine’s Day)

Nanowrimo: the Aftermath

Um. Hi. Nanowrimo is over and well - I did not succeed *bum da tisss* I ended at 34,000 (which is better than last year). What did I write? Could I have done anything better? Am I still alive? (answer: debatable). What was the novel that I worked on? Well -  it's a fantasy novel … Continue reading Nanowrimo: the Aftermath

When you read the first draft

You write the infamous word THE END. Your first draft is done. Maybe it took a year. Maybe you knocked it out in a week. Either way, it's a great feeling to see your work finished TIME TO PARTY!!!!!  Well - there's one, tiny, tiny thing. You still have to edit. *sighs heavily and crawls … Continue reading When you read the first draft

How to not lose your mind while editing

Editing a novel. How shall I describe it? Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.   But it's all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really … Continue reading How to not lose your mind while editing