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?

“Am I Writer?” We’re Asking the Question the Wrong Way

"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

Boo! Pick a Plot Line (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and my own dumpster fire WIP)

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)

Villains: Why Not Just Plain Evil?

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?

Researching Literary Magazines and Contests

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

End of a Journey: Finishing a Writing Project

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?”

"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?”

2018 wrap-up, 2019 goals, and other end of the year commentary

So, um, haha, I meant to publish this last week. I WAS ON VACATION. Anywho.  2018 was a long year, but at the same time it was a very short year (like every year seems to be). It I also felt like it never stuck being 2018. It still felt like 2017, or perhaps already … Continue reading 2018 wrap-up, 2019 goals, and other end of the year commentary

What a Writer Wants for Christmas

"On the twelfth day before Christmas my true love gave to me..." Twelves days till Christmas. Twelve days. The reindeer are stamping in their stables, choir boys are rushing to get to practice, and people are walking on the snowy streets window shopping and buying more tinsel. And while you're shopping about, don't forget the writers. … Continue reading What a Writer Wants for Christmas