“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

If You’re an Underwriter and You Know It, Clap Your Hands *claps till they fall off*

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*

Blank Pages are Magical, They Won’t Kill You

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

Quantity or quality? Should you push for the word count? Or focus on the quality of the words instead?

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?

“Between Shades of Grey” (or Ashes in the Snow) fake review because I didn’t read the whole thing

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

Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen

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

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)

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)