Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?

Do you have to write during the holidays? Do you still have to find time to write and hide away from all the celebrations and the ability to just lie on the couch and do nothing? (what I look forward.) Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: No, you do not have to write during the … Continue reading Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?

Character Folding: take your story from good to crazy

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

There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session

First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session

Ways to See Your Novel with Fresh eyes

You're deep in the well of editing your novel, slogging through the mud of run-on sentences and plot holes. The only problem is, you've been slogging through the mud for a year, or maybe years, maybe even EONS. You've read the book inside and out. You know there are problems, but you just can't see … Continue reading Ways to See Your Novel with Fresh eyes

What was October? Nanowrimo?

IT'S THE END OF OCTOBER. Actually, it's November now. Less than two months till Christmas. Santa's elves already have started showing up at my house, not that they're much help... October was - fall? Like it got chilly and brisk and rainy and windy and sunshine on green leaves (the leaves took a LONG time … Continue reading What was October? Nanowrimo?

How to Scare a Writer

You know what today is (or, tomorrow). All Hallows Eve. Pumpkins, candles, candy, costumes, and NANOWRIMO (shhhh). Here I will lead you in a step by step process of how to properly scare a writer. (WARNING: I cannot promise you how your writer will respond. They may scream and run away to Greenland, blast themselves … Continue reading How to Scare a Writer

Creative Journaling (or journaling for writers)

Me: sometimes I journal before bed, which can be helpful but sometimes I get inspired and - Mom: you know I could have told you that it wouldn't be helpful to fall asleep. Anywho, I started journaling last year. AND I LOVE IT. First off, I have two journals (though I have a lot more … Continue reading Creative Journaling (or journaling for writers)

Get to Know the Writing Industry When You Know Nothing.

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.