Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

Ok...like what even happened????(in other words, I did not win)I originally was not going to do Nanowrimo this year, because the last three months of 2018 were going to be crazier than usual, and I wouldn't have time for it.But then October rolled around - that scent of Autumn and running around in windy weather … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

“Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

(I think the title of this post might get people feeling a little bitter. Just hold your horses ok?) Once upon a time, I was filling out college applications (it wasn't that long ago but it feels like it was amongst the pterodactyls and velociraptors). One of the most painful parts of this process was writing essays … Continue reading “Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

Why You Should Write for Yourself.

A famous man once said "you should write for yourself" Let's start this again.... SO THERE'S THIS SAYING, that you should write for yourself.  Like, that sounds pretty selfish right? I mean the world doesn't revolve around ourselves, so why should our writing?? It shouldn't, obviously. But this isn't about the "why" you write, it's … Continue reading Why You Should Write for Yourself.

Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

NANOWRIMO IS UPON US!! *writers flee to their keyboards in panic* This is my third year doing Nanowrimo. Hopefully this year I actually succeed (November is one of the busiest months of the year for me. Couldn't this be done in January or something?? Read about last year's episode). And while I may have not … Continue reading Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

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-blushish-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 and 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. … 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 about 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 … Continue reading My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope

What are the Best Places to Write?

Writing is sort 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, etc.), you might find that you need some different … 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