Writer Quirks

Have you ever noticed that writers do/have well, weird things? Habits? "Quirks" that's the word I'm looking for. Yeah. We writers have quirks. Some are specific to us as individuals (like how I listen to all Hans Zimmer music basically on loop. All the time.) others are shared quirks. Shared quirks. These are fun to … Continue reading Writer Quirks

Writing is…Hard

I've been writing for what, eleven years now? (Not counting the days I couldn't write and just told stories to myself.) Five years since I started taking writing seriously (meaning: setting aside a part of the day and setting a word count). But like, not till now do I realize something. I knew it in … Continue reading Writing is…Hard

The Writer’s Dilemma

Every kind of artist has a different struggle. Writer's though, seem to have a unique struggle,and as of yet, I haven't heard of other artists having this same problem. I shall call it, the "Banging Your Head Against a Wall" syndrome. It is more commonly known as Writer's Block. For a lot of writers, Writer's Block is … Continue reading The Writer’s Dilemma

Writing Update 2017

  It's the third month of 2017. I feel like I haven't written much in the last few months. But looking back, I actually have. Here's my progress and thoughts forthwith. When the Crows Murdered the Moor Boy, this has been exciting! It was formerly titled the Moor, which I wrote for this blog in a … Continue reading Writing Update 2017

Food for Thought

I feel like...ranting a little bit. Done a lot of thoughtful, helpful (hopefully) posts lately. All about writing and what not. But some little things have been poking their heads up. Just little things that as write drive me banana-balls (that was for my sister). So, here they are: 1: "He howled in pain." "As … Continue reading Food for Thought

Character Backgrounds: Yes or No?

There are heaps of articles, lists of questions, charts and what not, all for the purpose of developing characters. Next to plot (or before plot. That's another discussion) the characters are the most important part of a novel. So, it seems they should be given special attention. But how much? Is the 100 facts questioner, … Continue reading Character Backgrounds: Yes or No?

On Heroes and Villains

I recently read an article about writing villains. It said something interesting about them, about why they are so important. The article said that without the villain, the hero is nothing. The conflict that the villain creates makes the hero interesting. Heroes are predictable and boring when circumstances are regular. The hero's chance to shine … Continue reading On Heroes and Villains

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Intention and Obstacle

I've been taking a class by Aaron Sorkin on screenwriting recently, via masterclass.com. One of the lessons was entitled Intention and Obstacle.  Even though it's about screenwriting, it really applies to any kind of drama, especially of course, novels. For me, Sorkin explained how to create conflict in very clear terms. Thought I'd share what I learned!   Intention Your … Continue reading Intention and Obstacle

New Year. New Changes

This January I re-looked at my life and made my plans for the next few months. They're pretty exciting, including the screenwriting  masterclass I'm taking  with Aaron Sorkin. Among my plans are making the final steps to turn my blog professional. Which, after some attempts last night, didn't go so well. But never mind. I had some … Continue reading New Year. New Changes