Write How You Need to, and Let That Be That

I'm about to get angry. Everyone duck. DISCLAIMER: if you are a plotter by nature and believe in the power of plotting your novel, do not take offence. I don't care how you write your novel, and that is the whole point of this post. Write how YOU need to write. *grabs megaphone and climbs … Continue reading Write How You Need to, and Let That Be That

Saturday Morning Post, Mid Week Thoughts

I'm writing this in the middle of the week, though this is my Saturday Morning Post (maybe that should become a thing? Like this is my column where I blather about anything I want to?) This January I've been scratching my head hard for content ideas (for my blog). Maybe because I've been feeling a … Continue reading Saturday Morning Post, Mid Week Thoughts

Journey Through a Notebook with Me (Will it be fun? Scary? Bewildering befuddlement?)

First off, I almost called Charles Dickens "Chickens" this week so that's how your writer's doing right now. Second thing, I thought I would take you all on a magical mystery tour through....a notebook. More particularly, one of my notebooks. ("Only one of many," I say ominously.) Mostly so you can admire my crazy handwriting and … Continue reading Journey Through a Notebook with Me (Will it be fun? Scary? Bewildering befuddlement?)

If You’re an Underwriter and You Know It, Clap Your Hands *claps till they fall off*

I never thought I'd be an underwriter. I grew up reading Tolkien and his chapter lengths descriptions and trees and Dickens' book length description of someone's nose, so I figured I would follow suit. I spent high school writing a fantasy trilogy that totaled over 300k words. I thought I was doomed to write sprawling … Continue reading If You’re an Underwriter and You Know It, Clap Your Hands *claps till they fall off*

January Wrap Up: agents, editing, reworking my schedule oh my

January first off seems to have gone on FOREVER. LIKE THIS IS THE MONTH THAT NEVER ENDED. Mom: it's like...time is slowing down. Which means... Me: then it STOPS. My sister: that just got really existential. So anyway, month has been a weird jumbly month filled with researching agents, editing, applying to jobs, adjusting to … Continue reading January Wrap Up: agents, editing, reworking my schedule oh my

Blank Pages are Magical, They Won’t Kill You

Guys you might want to get out of the tissue boxes because we're about to get sentimental. Actually, let's not. I feel like a lot of times we, as writers, talk about the terror of the blank page. The fear of it and that little blinking cursor staring at you, waiting for you. We're terrified … Continue reading Blank Pages are Magical, They Won’t Kill You

Quantity or quality? Should you push for the word count? Or focus on the quality of the words instead?

Lately, I've seen a lot of "quality vs. quantity" stuff regarding writing, especially a few months ago with Nanowrimo. A lot of writers saying you shouldn't sacrifice quality for quantity. I agree. Don't mass produce stories just for the sake of it without taking to the time to make sure they're good but... Personally I … Continue reading Quantity or quality? Should you push for the word count? Or focus on the quality of the words instead?

“Between Shades of Grey” (or Ashes in the Snow) fake review because I didn’t read the whole thing

So, first off, I didn't actually finish reading this book. Ya'all can kill me now. *comes back as a zombie* This poor book had to have its name changed, because it was originally Between Shades of Grey, but then it came out as a movie, and that was far too similar to 50 Shades of … Continue reading “Between Shades of Grey” (or Ashes in the Snow) fake review because I didn’t read the whole thing

Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen

Last week I gave myself a three-day writing retreat before the onslaught of the spring season (ballet) and just life getting busier after the holidays are past and we all remember that life isn't just about seeing Christmas lights and eating cookies and giving/getting presents (or is it? Let's call a vote). If you ever … Continue reading Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen

Hello 2020: this will be a year for writing (and no, this is not another 2019 wrap up post in case you were already getting bored)

I already did my 2019 wrap up and goals for 2020 post, so I'm not going to do that again because that would be booooring. Instead we are going to talk about how we (I) feel about 2020 and how I intent to attack writing this year (spoiler: it will involve neither punches, lances, boiling … Continue reading Hello 2020: this will be a year for writing (and no, this is not another 2019 wrap up post in case you were already getting bored)