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
First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session
Me: sometimes I journal before bed, which can be helpful but sometimes I get inspired and - Mom: you know I could have told you that it wouldn't be helpful to fall asleep. Anywho, I started journaling last year. AND I LOVE IT. First off, I have two journals (though I have a lot more … Continue reading Creative Journaling (or journaling for writers)
One thing I'm truly grateful for? My mom. She was a creative writing major, so when I was a wee one and wanted to publish poems she handed me a copy of the Writer's Market and said, "go for it." (Ok we went to the library but whatever.) I am SO glad that I started … Continue reading Get to Know the Writing Industry When You Know Nothing.
Eons ago I wrote a blog about what time of day is the best to write (you can read it here). I was for writing at whatever time of day that works for you. And I still stand by this. Time is not our own, and what time we have we have to use (that … Continue reading Should You Write in the Morning?