Category: Writing

The Scary World of Publishing, Hype, & Not Being an Overnight Success

The Scary World of Publishing, Hype, & Not Being an Overnight Success

When authors talk about their ascent to greatness (or at least having a successful book) the conversation is usually the same: lots of edits, a great team, and loads of social media presence and fan interaction. Many authors will pay out of pocket to have preorder goodies created and run street gangs of influencers to push their book. Sometimes, their publishers will even run blog tours and include their book if they are strongly supporting it. But authors can’t rely on that marketing push. It’s all social media presence. As someone who far prefers to stay in the background of […]

Posted December 5, 2019 in Writing // 0 Comments //
My First Chapter Gets Critiqued!

My First Chapter Gets Critiqued!

A couple months ago, I announced that a friend was critiquing my manuscript!  This is just an update post for this interested in WIPs and writers doing writerly things. 🙂 This friend, her name is Melissa, is a writerly type herself and it took me months and months to work up the courage to ask her.  I have been burned before by proofreaders, who have often not returned manuscripts or if they have, offered very little feedback or none that is useful.  I did have one crit partner for a different manuscript ages ago, but since then?  Nothing. Melissa did […]

Posted October 23, 2019 in Writing // 0 Comments //
Confession:  I Froze at a Writing Prompt & Now I Doubt Everything

Confession: I Froze at a Writing Prompt & Now I Doubt Everything

I have a lot of ideas in my head, but transferring the moving images and chattering characters to words is more difficult than I’d like. For the month of July, I challenged myself to work through Margaret Atwood’s MasterClass and actually do the assignments.  The class is only four hours long… I could “complete the course” in less than a day.  But to actually put the elements to work?  I needed to follow the assignments. This went really well for the first couple days.  Face your fears!  Make a goal!  But on day three, we were tasked with making three lists, […]

Posted July 13, 2019 in Writing // 10 Comments //
The Fear of Unoriginality

The Fear of Unoriginality

Today I’m going to talk about my favorite WIP. I’m one of those writers who loves first drafts, and basically never gets to a second draft.  I have two WIPs that have made it to draft two: this is one of them.  It’s my favorite story to write and has the most lively characters.  The world in my head is so expansive that I’ve started two spinoffs (last year’s Camp NaNo novel, Quest, is one of them). The first story I ever wrote, the one I started drafting when I was twelve, is Fate.  I was heavily inspired by Tamora Pierce’s The Circle of […]

Posted May 3, 2019 in Memes, Writing // 8 Comments //
The Ins and Outs of Fanfiction

The Ins and Outs of Fanfiction

In the last few years, I haven’t heard much dialogue about fanfiction.  It use to be a big thing.  The fanfic behemoth, FanFiction.net, hasn’t had any news updates since 2017… although it looks like people still actively upload fics on the site. So?  Is the world of fanfic dead? I don’t think so. Fanfiction has always been one of those things that people don’t talk about too much, or at least, that has been my experience.  Writing in general has that shameful vibe, which makes absolutely no sense, but every writer friend I know is more likely to hug a […]

Posted April 12, 2019 in Writing // 5 Comments //
NaNo Announcement: A Star Danced

NaNo Announcement: A Star Danced

Hello everyone! Just a quick little afternoon post here to announce I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo this November! I’ve been nagging a girl at work who has been struggling to work on her novel to try it out, and she decided she would.  Also, she’s jumped on the Dabble bandwagon and loves it, so YAY.  When I asked her if any writerly friends are also doing with her, she said she didn’t really have any 🙁 so I decided join in and I’m excited.  Her novel sounds amazing, by the way.  I’d definitely read it.  I have low key begged her […]

Posted October 28, 2018 in Writing // 4 Comments //