Multiple Drafts, Editors, and Squirrels with Dog Bones

I usually plan out my blog posts and get them all scheduled ahead like a neat little fairy that keeps everyone's plans nice and orderly. But um...not today. I'm writing this the night before whilst wracking my brains and pounding my head against the couch at 9 pm with a nose that has been continually … Continue reading Multiple Drafts, Editors, and Squirrels with Dog Bones

Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

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)

May Wrap Up and Other World Ending Events

IT'S JUNE. WAIT, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN??? May was a weird month of like no ballet classes, breaking my phone. Endgame (*screams and tears* ).   There were weirdly cold days, mulling over stories, and buying a fourth pair of sunglasses. That was May. Like the condensed milk version. Now we can make some pumpkin … Continue reading May Wrap Up and Other World Ending Events

How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

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?

When You Hate Your Writing

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

Am I a Good Writer?

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?

How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine

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?

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?