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?
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)