Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

This happens to me a lot when I'm editing my novel(s), and I'm sure this happens to other writers: There's that scene, that dialogue, that character that just isn't working for you. You hate it. You've tried this, you've tried that. You've worked it over and over again, mulled over it, tried to push forward, … Continue reading Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

The Pixar Story, and What Writers Can Learn

I recently watched the Pixar Story with my mom. It's a documentary about (you guessed it) Pixar. It's and on Netflix, and if you are a creative person you should watch it. Like right now. Ok, like, whenever you can. You may be looking at me right now (I actually hope not because I can't … Continue reading The Pixar Story, and What Writers Can Learn

How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

If we were all octopuses (or kraken), multitasking would be a lot easier. Except for multitasking multiple writing projects. Then we need eight brains as well as eight arms. Actually, make that sixteen arms. Two arms for each brain. No, this whole blog is not going to be about octopuses and Kraken, though I could continue … Continue reading How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

When You Hate Your Writing

I talked about this a little here, but I want to go further into it today. Back sometime in December  - I'm not really sure when, but it was a few days after Christmas - I pulled out a first draft I had set aside for a few months. My fantasy novel Oh, Wonder Why … Continue reading When You Hate Your Writing

Am I a Good Writer?

Any artist of any medium (dance, painting, writing) will probably wonder at some point, "Am I a good [insert thing]?" In our case, "Am I a good writer?"  My first thought about this is CAUTION. *alarm bells and tornado sirens* This can lead down a deep, dark worm hole, from whence you may never return. … Continue reading Am I a Good Writer?

How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine

I got a little secret for you. Here, come closer. THERE IS NO PERFECT WRITING ROUTINE. There. I said it. It's easy to become the writer who is constantly searching for the perfect writing routine/method. They bundle their belongings on a stick and go out searching, searching, and searching, like they are looking for El … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine

The Unicorn Method to Editing (which I just made up)

I don't know about you other writers out there, but editing stories is not my favorite part of the process. Which is not that great since a large chunk of the writing process is editing. I just really love drafting. I love writing without worrying about the content. I have freedom to write whatever comes out. … Continue reading The Unicorn Method to Editing (which I just made up)

How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?

How long should you step away from a writing project? It's common advice to take breaks from projects. You finish a first draft and put it in a drawer for a while before looking at it again. If you are frustrated with something you step away from it for a while. But what's a while??  … Continue reading How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?

Should You Treat Writing like Work?

Should you treat writing like work?  First, there are a few questions you need to answer: Do you want be published? Do you want to make a career out of writing? Is this your calling? If you have answered yes to any of those questions (or all three), then yes, you should treat writing like … Continue reading Should You Treat Writing like Work?

Should You Write Short Stories Before You Write a Novel?

(Why cacti in the header photo? WHY NOT.) When I started to write (way back when I was wee), I wanted to write novels. So, that is what I did. I wrote novels. (They weren't actually full length novels. I was a child, and with that comes the attention span of a sparrow when there are … Continue reading Should You Write Short Stories Before You Write a Novel?