How Much Backstory is Too Much?

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??

"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??

Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)

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)

Should You Write in Other Genres?

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?

What to Buy that Writer in Your Life for Christmas

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

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

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

Things I Didn’t Know About Writing Fantasy

I write mostly fantasy. *notices piles of sci-fi manuscripts* *notices piles of old horse stories from my younger days.*(let's try this again). I write fantasy, among other things. There's a lot to learn about the genre, world building and all that glam. My beginnings with writing it were a bit...rough? Cliche? To continue last week's … Continue reading Things I Didn’t Know About Writing Fantasy

Things I Didn’t Know When I Started Writing

I have been a writing since....*grabs calculator* basically since forever, but I didn't get "serious" till I was about eight. By "serious" I mean I wanted to be a writer, and I wrote nearly every day. And like most writers that age....I winged it. For the next like, 7 years. *Disclaimer: I wasn't on on … Continue reading Things I Didn’t Know When I Started Writing

#WIPjoy: April Roundup.

(Woke up and realized it's Wednesday and I have no idea for a blog post) Hey! It's May, which means #WIPjoy (hosted by the wonderful Bethany A. Jennings) is over. Because I didn't think of a blog post for this week (it's Tech week. All theater and dance people raise their hands), here's a roundup … Continue reading #WIPjoy: April Roundup.