Good morning. I hope everyone has not lost their minds yet. If you have, you have my deepest sympathy. Enough of virus talk though. I printed out Lily (PAUSE. Ok, so Monday morning I printed out Lily. It was 8:00 am, a lovely morning. I was in a good, benevolent mood *narrator: but it didn't … Continue reading Saturday Morning Post, Vol. 7
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
I never thought I'd be an underwriter. I grew up reading Tolkien and his chapter lengths descriptions and trees and Dickens' book length description of someone's nose, so I figured I would follow suit. I spent high school writing a fantasy trilogy that totaled over 300k words. I thought I was doomed to write sprawling … Continue reading If You’re an Underwriter and You Know It, Clap Your Hands *claps till they fall off*
Guys you might want to get out of the tissue boxes because we're about to get sentimental. Actually, let's not. I feel like a lot of times we, as writers, talk about the terror of the blank page. The fear of it and that little blinking cursor staring at you, waiting for you. We're terrified … Continue reading Blank Pages are Magical, They Won’t Kill You
Lately, I've seen a lot of "quality vs. quantity" stuff regarding writing, especially a few months ago with Nanowrimo. A lot of writers saying you shouldn't sacrifice quality for quantity. I agree. Don't mass produce stories just for the sake of it without taking to the time to make sure they're good but... Personally I … Continue reading Quantity or quality? Should you push for the word count? Or focus on the quality of the words instead?
So, first off, I didn't actually finish reading this book. Ya'all can kill me now. *comes back as a zombie* This poor book had to have its name changed, because it was originally Between Shades of Grey, but then it came out as a movie, and that was far too similar to 50 Shades of … Continue reading “Between Shades of Grey” (or Ashes in the Snow) fake review because I didn’t read the whole thing
Last week I gave myself a three-day writing retreat before the onslaught of the spring season (ballet) and just life getting busier after the holidays are past and we all remember that life isn't just about seeing Christmas lights and eating cookies and giving/getting presents (or is it? Let's call a vote). If you ever … Continue reading Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen
I already did my 2019 wrap up and goals for 2020 post, so I'm not going to do that again because that would be booooring. Instead we are going to talk about how we (I) feel about 2020 and how I intent to attack writing this year (spoiler: it will involve neither punches, lances, boiling … Continue reading Hello 2020: this will be a year for writing (and no, this is not another 2019 wrap up post in case you were already getting bored)
Do you have to write during the holidays? Do you still have to find time to write and hide away from all the celebrations and the ability to just lie on the couch and do nothing? (what I look forward.) Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: No, you do not have to write during the … Continue reading Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?
Ever feel like your story needs an extra punch? There's just not enough kick to it? It's just not jumping off the page and attacking you in the face enough? Well, I got - not a solution but a possible idea. There's this thing called character folding *raise your hand if you've heard of it*. … Continue reading Character Folding: take your story from good to crazy