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?
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
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?
"Am I a writer?" can seem like a really harsh question that will send you down the spiraling slide of doom into an endless loop of despair. But it is a legit question. The problem lies with how we are asking it. If you are considering writing as a career (or your calling, as I would … Continue reading “Am I Writer?” We’re Asking the Question the Wrong Way
In which we talk about two things that could not decide on a plot line: a recent first draft of mine and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Let's start off with Fallen Kingdom, given you probably have more knowledge of it than my first draft (considering like...no one has read it). This is the progression of the … Continue reading Boo! Pick a Plot Line (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and my own dumpster fire WIP)
As I started writing my Beowulf retelling back in October, I had a question about one of my antagonists. "Can't he just be a plain, evil villain? Like, he was never a good guy just always evil? Just be an evil being?" And I decided: Why not? Now, I have other antagonists, those of whom … Continue reading Villains: Why Not Just Plain Evil?
If there's anything I know about publishing (besides the fact that I haven't been published yet), it's about researching for literary magazines and contests. Originally, I started off trying to get poetry published when I was the wee age of 12(ish). While I had a very slim (like, -01%) chance of getting published in Poetry magazine, … Continue reading Researching Literary Magazines and Contests
THE END No, this is not the end of the blog post. I am just pointing out that those are the two most satisfying words to write. THE END I just thought I would do it again to feel how good it felt. But as much as I like writing those words, I know (as … Continue reading End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project
"Should you read when you are writing?" This is a common writer question. Will reading a book influence your writing and hence forth ruin it? Will you automatically start plagiarizing? WILL THE WORLD END AS WE KNOW IT??? I'm not here today to talk about principles, about the dangers of plagiarizing, or the effect outside … Continue reading “Should You Read When You are Writing?”