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
For those that live with me, there is one thing that is undeniably true: one day I will break my speakers by blasting Hans Zimmer too loudly. Why? Because it's the perfect backdrop to writing (and life too). When did my obsessions begin?? Um....not sure but it's been long enough I can't remember when. So. … Continue reading My Top 12 Hans Zimmer Soundtracks for Writers
It's pounded into the heads of us writers: we must write even when uninspired. Write anyways. Force yourself. Don't wait for inspiration or you'll never get it done. Just stick yourself in a chair and write. None of that's wrong. But it does sound very grueling. Pulling words out of your head even when you … Continue reading Make Inspiration a Habit, Not Luck (writing without inspiration)
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)
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
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?
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
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?