Category: Writing

WIP Introductions:  The Secret of Treacher’s Creek

WIP Introductions: The Secret of Treacher’s Creek

Posted October 26, 2020 in My Stories, Writing // 3 Comments

The first time I did Camp NaNoWriMo, I surprised myself by writing a ghost story.  Sometimes when I write – especially fantasy – I have a clear direction.  Anything else… I start going in one direction and about halfway through the manuscript, I find my path.  It’s a wonderful feeling, like wandering through a desert of words and suddenly cresting the final ridge to the oasis below. Anyway.  The Secret of Treacher’s Creek was one of my earliest finished drafts.  It’s also aesthetic and spooky and I really like it and I need to revisit it soon. A LITTLE ABOUT The […]

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10 YA Authors Who Have Participated in NaNoWriMo (See? It’s Cool!)

10 YA Authors Who Have Participated in NaNoWriMo (See? It’s Cool!)

Posted October 12, 2020 in Writing // 2 Comments

I am a big, big fan of NaNoWriMo. You may have noticed this from years of posts about it, plus the fact that I proudly display my winner’s badges on my sidebar.  I think that NaNoWriMo is a great community writing event for all ages.  Is it perfect?  Of course not – some people positively hate it.  Plus, the content one puts out during NaNoWriMo will be, by nature, subpar at best.  But that’s not the point.  The point is we are writing and we are writing together. Love, love, love it.  You will see nothing but adoration for the event on […]

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WIP Introductions:  Rhapsody in Blue

WIP Introductions: Rhapsody in Blue

Posted July 24, 2020 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments

Oh hello! I … allude to my WIPs a lot, but I don’t really talk about them very much?  It’s like they’re this secret I hold close to my heart, characters I’ve developed and stories I’ve dreamed up that will never completely materialize.  Sometimes, around NaNo, I talk about them a little.  But in general… they’re sweet coconut crisp secrets. Which is you know. Fine. Whatever.  Because every time I get excited enough about a WIP to talk about it on my blog, I get distracted by another shiny idea, or life, or whatever, and honestly guys I am never going […]

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10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

Posted May 29, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments

With another round of Camp NaNoWriMo tucked under my belt, I find myself reviewing one of the aspects of writing I feel like I’ve really mastered: procrastination.  Normal NaNoWriMo is bad enough, but these days when the world is just a little heavier than usual, productivity is particularly difficult. So, if you’re like me and know you should be working on your WIP, but at the same time… you just don’t have the heart, here are a few alternative activities you may wish to try! Be warned:  almost none of these will help you make any progress on your project.  Proceed with caution! […]

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My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

Posted May 18, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments

A very long time ago, I remember reading a little meme or something of the sort saying that all writers need to keep a journal by their bed, because they’d wake up in the middle of the night with inspiration and need to jot it down before they forgot.  How many of you writer types out there relate to this feeling? … I definitely do.  I’m also the type of person who doesn’t like to turn on my light and wake my spouse, so if I wake up with the idea, I used to repeat it over and over in […]

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