Category: Writing

The Importance of My Writer Tribe

The Importance of My Writer Tribe

If you’re in the bookish community, you’ve probably noticed a lot of authors have a writer tribe.  For me, the first example that comes to mind is the friendship between Amanda Foody (Ace of Shades) and Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Grey).  I’ve been following Amanda’s social media for three years, and Christine makes regular appearances… more since Amanda relocated to Boston. I love writer friendships.  They make me so happy. I’ve always wanted one. Growing up, a lot of my peers wrote for fun.  There was a writing competition at our middle school, and I remember wrangling my friends and […]

Posted March 6, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //
Writer’s Block:  Myth, or Fact?

Writer’s Block: Myth, or Fact?

When I first started writing, I remember “writer’s block” being sort of a buzz word among writing communities.  Writer’s block is often blamed for lack of progress on WIPs, and phrases like “writer’s block” and “muse” have gone out of style in writing discussions. In short – there’s no such thing as “writer’s block”.  You’re just not working hard enough. But that’s a really harsh way of saying it.  I think that being a creative is really complicated.  It’s not just writing – whenever you are building something from nothing, there’s a certain amount of pressure.  Hard work is part […]

Posted February 13, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //
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 //