It's FALL. That means sweaters, pumpkins, lattes, leaf piles, and owls and foxes on EVERYTHING. No more bugs! No more 90 degrees! And the scent of dying leaves even 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
love, love is all you need! *takes off headphones* did you say something? Sorry, I was groov'in. I believe that there is an overall concurrence with the general public that the breed of people known as writers, don't need much. Ok fine fine fine FINE. Maybe writers are a little demanding. But we only want total … Continue reading All a Writer Need is…
Summertime is the time to PARTY (and by partying I mean going to the mountains and finding somewhere quiet where you can finish your book). And speaking of parties....(I apologize to all the introverts. I realize talking about parties is illegal.) Finishing your first draft can be very exciting. Whether it's after 30 hysterically frantic … Continue reading How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft
The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer
The setting: Early, grey morning. I'm half-asleep, having being awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I had just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel. 20,000 words I had NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted and my brain is melted and full of snot. So what do I do? … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing
Backstory. The story before the story. Every character has it - but how much do you need of it? There are TONS of stuff on developing characters backgrounds....I am to divide character backstory into two schools of thought: What the readers needs What the writer needs We'll start with what the Reader needs. ONLY WHAT'S … Continue reading How Much Backstory is Too Much?
"How do I make time to write?" a common question. And it has a very simple answer. YOU MAKE THE TIME. No really. That is what it all ultimately boils down to. If you want to write, then you have to make time to do it. But fine here are some tips on how to do … Continue reading How do I Make Time to Write??
So. You have finished your first draft. HIP HIP HORRAY!! Good for you! *pat on back* So you have your beautiful, gleaming - confusing, junk filled, messy, first draft. Time to fix it and write the 2nd draft. And now I present to you an illustrated guide to the stages of writing your 2nd draft, … Continue reading Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)
Note: I am not talking about publishing in other genres. That's something different that a lot of hoo-hahs get to talk about because I'm not quite there yet. The first story I ever wrote was a horse story (what else does a six year old who collects breyer horses write about may I ask?) May … Continue reading Should You Write in Other Genres?
It's near the end of November, which means it's almost December, which means it's almost Advent and Christmas is not far off I'm REALLY NOT trying to stress you out here. If you're like me, you have started to think about Christmas presents (well, I've started thinking about them back in August so whatever). Like … Continue reading What to Buy that Writer in Your Life for Christmas