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 been awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel. 20,000 words I have NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted, and my brain is melted and full of snot. So, what do I do? This … 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
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
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
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