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
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*
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
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
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)
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
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?