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?
Do you always have to finish what you're writing? First off, there are two kinds of finishing: finishing a draft, and finishing through the editing process. Let's take a look at the first. 1 So you're in the throes of writing a first draft. You probably started out with a lot of hype and excitement … Continue reading Do You Have to Finish Writing that Book?
Ratatouille will forever be one my favorite movies. It just never gets old. One of the things that the movie does so well (despite making the food look delicious) is the character of Linguini (his first name is Alfredo btw. Like what the heck I think his mom liked pasta too much). He starts the … Continue reading Why Linguini is One of My Favorite Underdog Characters (from Ratatouille)
Recently I felt the need to go through my pinterest boards and clear out and delete pins that I wouldn't use or didn't need. I know this sounds tedious and you're probably wondering why the heck would I waste my time and perform such a dull and unnecessary task. But it's CLUTTER. I don't NEED … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Writing Advice?
Do you plan on writing fight scenes? *raises hand* Do you plan on writing a LOT of fight scenes? *raises both* So if you raised your hand (or other such limbs) in answer to either of those questions then read. this. book. This book covers pretty much everything about writing fight scenes, and I think … Continue reading Fight Write by Carla Hoch: a Review