("Bonds by bullets, bullets kill Nazis. Bing, bang, boom. You're an American hero." and ladies and gentlemen, what movie is that line from??) I like writing fight scenes (heaven knows why. Contrary to popular opinion, I've never been in a fight. The closet thing was probably those beanie baby fights we used to have in … Continue reading Bing, Bang, Boom (thoughts about fight scenes)
This is kinda of a long story so I'll try to sum up as nicely as possible. *ahem* A while back I had the idea to write a novel in a style I called "stream, of consciousness" or "brain dumping "(I know I know. That is basically pantsing but just bear with me alright). That … Continue reading Writing Like a Freight Train (I might kinda recommend it)
So besides being slowly killed by Mother Nature (I mean "allergies"), I've been really missing one thing in particular (well a couple more things but whatever). D A Y D R E A M I N G Daydreaming in the car going to work. In the car back to work. Standing still for 20 min … Continue reading Who knew that daydreaming could be so productive
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
Any artist of any medium (dance, painting, writing) will probably wonder at some point, "Am I a good [insert thing]?" In our case, "Am I a good writer?" My first thought about this is CAUTION. *alarm bells and tornado sirens* This can lead down a deep, dark worm hole, from whence you may never return. … Continue reading Am I a Good Writer?
I got a little secret for you. Here, come closer. THERE IS NO PERFECT WRITING ROUTINE. There. I said it. It's easy to become the writer who is constantly searching for the perfect writing routine/method. They bundle their belongings on a stick and go out searching, searching, and searching, like they are looking for El … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine
I don't know about you other writers out there, but editing stories is not my favorite part of the process. Which is not that great since a large chunk of the writing process is editing. I just really love drafting. I love writing without worrying about the content. I have freedom to write whatever comes out. … Continue reading The Unicorn Method to Editing (which I just made up)
How long should you step away from a writing project? It's common advice to take breaks from projects. You finish a first draft and put it in a drawer for a while before looking at it again. If you are frustrated with something you step away from it for a while. But what's a while?? … Continue reading How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?
Should you treat writing like work? First, there are a few questions you need to answer: Do you want be published? Do you want to make a career out of writing? Is this your calling? If you have answered yes to any of those questions (or all three), then yes, you should treat writing like … Continue reading Should You Treat Writing like Work?
(Why cacti in the header photo? WHY NOT.) When I started to write (way back when I was wee), I wanted to write novels. So, that is what I did. I wrote novels. (They weren't actually full length novels. I was a child, and with that comes the attention span of a sparrow when there are … Continue reading Should You Write Short Stories Before You Write a Novel?