Category: Writing

Why It’s Important to Kill Your Darlings

Why It’s Important to Kill Your Darlings

Posted October 20, 2021 in Writing // 1 Comment

The best books are the ones where well-loved characters die. Ah! I know, I know! Unpopular opinion alert!  I’ve read so many reviews where readers vow to defenestrate anyone who dares harm their precious cinnamon rolls… and I hear you.  It’s heartbreaking when a character you love dies.  But the best books kill their darlings. As a reader, it’s fantastic to be surprised when you’re reading.  It can be painful sometimes, but there’s nothing like being so angry you want to throw your book at a wall… but so glued to the story that you can’t put it down.  One […]

How My Major In History Has Informed My Writing

How My Major In History Has Informed My Writing

Posted September 15, 2021 in Writing // 2 Comments

When I started my college search, I knew I wanted to go to a school with a Writing major.  Not an English major – a Writing one.  It was important to me.  I settled on the closest school that checked all my and my parents’ boxes – a small liberal arts college in western New York.  When I say down to pick my major freshman year (because I never doubted what I wanted to do)… I was told that Writing majors were required to double-major, because you need content to encourage your writing. I actually like this idea.  I ultimately […]

3 Good Basic Writerly Habits That Are Also True for Bloggers & Just Humans in General

3 Good Basic Writerly Habits That Are Also True for Bloggers & Just Humans in General

Posted August 25, 2021 in Writing // 4 Comments

I’ve been writing for fun since I was nine years old.  In that time, I’ve learned a couple good, basic tips that I try to apply to my work and my role in writer communities.  I was thinking about a few of these recently and I wanted to share them, because it occurred to me that these items are excellent tips to apply to our on lives, both on our blogging platforms and in our day-to-day. Backup Everything One of the best pieces of technical advice I can give is to backup everything.  When I was younger, I used to write […]

Why I Love Writing (And Procrastinate On Editing)

Why I Love Writing (And Procrastinate On Editing)

Posted July 21, 2021 in Writing // 2 Comments

I don’t know how many of you are crafters or enjoy sparkly things, but I am a big fan of glitter.  When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do to my friends was to put glitter in their birthday cards. I know, I know.  So archaic.  What are birthday cards even?  That thing your grandmother gives you with the annual expectation of some birthday cash?  Seriously though – glitter in cards is fun because it’s pretty, and if the recipient isn’t expecting it, it tends to get everywhere and stay there forever. Don’t worry – people […]

Word Counts & Writing & How That Can Be a Toxic Relationship for a First Draft

Word Counts & Writing & How That Can Be a Toxic Relationship for a First Draft

Posted May 19, 2021 in Writing // 4 Comments

For as much as I love NaNoWriMo as a writing event and motivator, it has created a few bad habits in me.  The worst of these is my obsession over word counts.  NaNoWriMo encourages writers to scribe a 50k work novel over the course of a month.  It’s a very achievable goal, and even though in recent years the program has become more flexible and allows participants to create their own goals with different objectives outside word count… word count still gets stuck in my head. The industry I work in obsesses over numbers.  Quality is important, but you are […]