um….I got published?!!??

(Yes, yes I know I said that I was getting back on a regular blogging schedule. And yes, I realize I did not post on Saturday. But that was because I had a performance on Friday (all day sort of thing), which is when I usually write my Saturday blogs. So really I just picked … Continue reading um….I got published?!!??

If something can go wrong, it should go wrong (like in fiction. Not real life. Please not real life)

(When was the last time I did a post on Wednesday? I have no idea, yet here we are. Welcome back) "If something can go wrong, it will go wrong." Murphy's law. An old military saying. Whatever you like to think of it as. Along similar lines, I would like to create a new saying; … Continue reading If something can go wrong, it should go wrong (like in fiction. Not real life. Please not real life)

Writing Retreat #2: no disasters, only microwavable mac and cheese

(I warned you that there may be no blog posts last week because I was giving myself a writing retreat, and lo and behold, there were none. Nevertheless, I'm back.) Last January I went away to give myself a writing retreat for a few days, back when I thought 2020 was gonna be a fantastic … Continue reading Writing Retreat #2: no disasters, only microwavable mac and cheese

First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

"First drafts are supposed to be messy," a famous writer once said. Or maybe a conglomerate of famous writers. Or maybe that was just the internet screaming at us. We've all heard this maxim before and have been like "yeah yeah, I get it, but my draft isn't just messy it's a dumpster fire and … Continue reading First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

The Shallow End of Point of View (let’s build the TENSION)

POV (point of view) is something that is discussed A LOT when it comes to writing/stories. Because it IS that important. You gotta make sure you pick the right POV(s). You gotta make sure it's in voice of the character. If you go for deep POV, you gotta make sure you're doing that right by … Continue reading The Shallow End of Point of View (let’s build the TENSION)

How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story

Time for Bernadette to make a point about writing while ranting about movies *cracks knuckles* (if you want more of this, visit here, here, and here) How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story First off, Frozen/Frozen II. Elsa and Anna's parents. (They … Continue reading How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story

“Be careful, don’t die.” “Great. Now we’re all bloody inspired.”

As you may have heard, I finally finished the Maze Runner trilogy. (I haven't read the prequels...may not for a while. They're not piquing my interest much) I read the first book back in high school, loved it, but then I started to read The Scorch Trials and got creeped out by the head-eating-metal-blob-thingy, and … Continue reading “Be careful, don’t die.” “Great. Now we’re all bloody inspired.”

Don’t be lazy; of it needs to be fixed, it needs to be fixed (oh look, it’s me talking about the woes of editing again)

So I was going to do a Father's Day themed post, but then like all the father characters I could think of were like, Mando (I actually thought of a lot more, like Stoick, Hawkeye, Tony Stark, etc. But they were all from movies, and I was like, "do fathers even EXIST in books? Like … Continue reading Don’t be lazy; of it needs to be fixed, it needs to be fixed (oh look, it’s me talking about the woes of editing again)

At some point you just gotta throw all the advice out the window and jump off the cliff

At some point, after all the blogs you've read, after all articles you've scoured, and after all the books you've read on writing, you just gotta write. Because in the end the best writing advice anyone can give is: READ. WRITE. AND LIVE. NOW, that doesn't mean that all other writing advice is null. Learning … Continue reading At some point you just gotta throw all the advice out the window and jump off the cliff