Brain dumping (is that what it’s called?) but – what if that’s how you wrote a novel

So usually I schedule all my blogs at the beginning of each month, so I have time to sit down and think of fun topics and stuff. I have not done that this month. I have paid the consequences. Here I am, writing the day before. And this is the first thing I could think … Continue reading Brain dumping (is that what it’s called?) but – what if that’s how you wrote a novel

My Top 12 Hans Zimmer Soundtracks for Writers

For those that live with me, there is one thing that is undeniably true: one day I will break my speakers by blasting Hans Zimmer too loudly. Why?  Because it's the perfect backdrop to writing (and life too). When did my obsessions begin?? Um....not sure but it's been long enough I can't remember when. So. … Continue reading My Top 12 Hans Zimmer Soundtracks for Writers

Make Inspiration a Habit, Not Luck (writing without inspiration)

It's pounded into the heads of us writers: we must write even when uninspired. Write anyways. Force yourself. Don't wait for inspiration or you'll never get it done. Just stick yourself in a chair and write. None of that's wrong. But it does sound very grueling. Pulling words out of your head even when you … Continue reading Make Inspiration a Habit, Not Luck (writing without inspiration)

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