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

Writerly Costumes Ideas for the Upcoming Festivities

If I had it my way, I would wear costumes all the time. OK, maybe not all the time, but I would wear a cloak to the grocery store if it was socially acceptable and people wouldn't trip their carts on it.  But this time of year - all the costumes!!!  So, I've compiled a … Continue reading Writerly Costumes Ideas for the Upcoming Festivities

Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

Way back when, when I was a small pixie sitting on a blue couch in the basement, my sister and I watched Pooh's Great Adventure: the Search for Christopher Robin. This memory was recalled when my sister and I recently sat down on a semi-blueish-butit'sactuallygray couch and watched it again for old time's sake. Nostalgia anyone? … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

As a young buck (erm, young writer I mean), I thought outlining was just for scholars, essays, and all that red tape stuff.  Who knew outlining applied to novels as well. Since I discovered outlining was used for novels (and wasn't as boring and tedious as it is for essays), I have started outlining. Some things. … Continue reading How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

I lot of articles have been written on the chosen one trope. Your average Joe is actually a hero, or the one destined to take down the evil overlord, etc. I don't have much to add to the consensus of WRITE CHOSEN ONES BETTER. But there is one thing I have to say, and it all … Continue reading My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

Why Autumn is Such a Great Time to Write

It's FALL. That means sweaters, pumpkins, lattes, leaf piles, and owls and foxes on EVERYTHING. No more bugs! No more 90 degrees! And even the scent of dying leaves smells good! I love fall. It is truly a great time of year. I think it is especially a great time of year to do one … Continue reading Why Autumn is Such a Great Time to Write

Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

I did something similar to this called Writerly Rants, but it was so far back in the archives that I'm not going to bring it up. No, we do not go down that rabbit hole.  HOWEVER. I do have some things to say. Things that make me go as mad as a March Hare in … Continue reading Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

What are the Best Places to Write?

Writing is kind of a portable job - all you need is your laptop (or your notebook, or whatever you use). So in theory, you could write anywhere. But not every place is an equally good place to write. What are the options? How do they measure up? *Pulls tape out of Mary Poppin's bag* … Continue reading What are the Best Places to Write?

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), you might find that you need some different spices … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Back to School for Writers

It's AUGUST. Do you know what that means? Festivals, fairs, pencils, and backpacks!!  In other words, it's back to school season. *cries tears of relief that I'm not in college* All the kiddos and the undergrads are getting ready to study and do sports and whatever else they do. (And I'm over here starting a … Continue reading Back to School for Writers