Should You Write Everyday??

If there is one maxim that haunts the life of every writer, it is this one. You should write everyday. The saying has been around since - well, not since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but it has been around for a while. Since it's been around for a while, it has gathered a bit … Continue reading Should You Write Everyday??

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

How to make your writing space AMAZING

A while back I posted a thing on why you need a writing space. Today I am going to show you how to do it. Well, I'm not going to show you how to do, just give you some tips And PICTURES!!!!!! Every great work of art starts with an idea (and yes, home decor … Continue reading How to make your writing space AMAZING

When is the Best Time to Write?

Writer's need routine because...well, routines are just helpful in general. When we talk about routines for writers, the question usually comes up "when is the best time of day to write?"  There is a theory (meaning: I have read a few "prestigious writers" that have said this) that the best time of day to write … Continue reading When is the Best Time to Write?

5 Things to Do With Those Giant Plot Holes

I hate pot holes. You're driving along, nice and smooth, jamming out to your tunes when out of nowhere BUMPASDFGHJHJL THE CAR JOLTS AND FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO FALL APART AND IT MIGHT ACTUALLY CAUSE IT'S REALLY OLD. And where there's one pot hole, there's more. So yes, pot holes are very... Wait, you … Continue reading 5 Things to Do With Those Giant Plot Holes

Novel Excerpt: Silver

Here we go *takes deep breath* This is an excerpt from my urban fantasy novel Silver. (click here for aesthetic pinterest board). Enjoy! (Please note I retain all rights to this. Don't be a jerk and steal it). Chapter Two   “I’m sorry Jen, but work just called in. They uh…there’s an emergency-I mean a … Continue reading Novel Excerpt: Silver

Your Writing Area is More Important than You Think

I think most writers have a "spot" where they get their writing done. Maybe an office. Maybe a bedroom. Maybe on the couch in the family room. Maybe in the east wing of a magical palace (if so...share the love and let me move in?????) This "spot" is important. It's where you will construct a … Continue reading Your Writing Area is More Important than You Think

Editing Pains

So I started editing the brick/beast/giantstackofpapersthatismynovelandortrilogyIDK. The Green Crow, I mean, ahem. I kinda feel like I actually have no idea what I'm doing and I'm just wondering where that handbook for "an easy way  to edit your novel" is...Library maybe? JK  I don't think it exists. Anyway. The editing has begun and there is … Continue reading Editing Pains