Boo! Pick a Plot Line (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and my own dumpster fire WIP)

In which we talk about two things that could not decide on a plot line: A recent first draft of mine and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Let's start off with Fallen Kingdom, given you probably have more knowledge of it than my first draft (considering like...no one has read it). This is the progression of the … Continue reading Boo! Pick a Plot Line (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and my own dumpster fire WIP)

Villains: Why Not Just Plain Evil?

As I started writing my Beowulf retelling back in October, I had a question about one of my antagonists. "Can't he just be a plain, old, evil villain? Like he was never a good guy just always evil? Actually be an evil being?" And I decided: why not? Now I have other antagonists, those of whom … Continue reading Villains: Why Not Just Plain Evil?

Researching Literary magazines and contests

If there is anything I know about publishing (besides the fact that I haven't been published yet) it's about researching for literary magazines and contests. Originally I started off trying to get poetry published when I was the wee age of 12(ish). And while I had a very slim (like, -01% chance) chance of getting … Continue reading Researching Literary magazines and contests

End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project

THE END No, this is not the end of the blog post. I am just pointing out that those are the two most satisfying words to write. THE END I just thought I would do it one more time to feel how good it felt. But as much as I like writing those words, I … Continue reading End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project

“Should You Read When You are Writing?”

"Should you read when you are writing?" This is a common writer question. Will reading a book influence your writing, and hence forth ruin it? Will you automatically start plagiarizing? WILL THE WORLD END AS WE KNOW IT??? I'm not here to talk about principles today, about the dangers of plagiarizing, or the effect outside … Continue reading “Should You Read When You are Writing?”

“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