Category: Writing

Camp NaNo Check In – Travel & Journeying (Week 3)

Camp NaNo Check In – Travel & Journeying (Week 3)

I really enjoy reading and writing western European-style fantasy, and because my characters tend to go adventuring, there’s a lot of walking involved.  This is one of the most common complaints I hear in fantasy – modern readers don’t want to read about the journey, they want to read about what happens when they get there.  This week, my writing has been all about writing my way down the road. It’s challenging, because unless there are mini bosses and adventures along the way, this gets a bit tedious.  Not just for the reader, but for the writer (me!) as well.  As […]

Posted July 21, 2018 in Writing // 2 Comments //
Camp NaNo – Check In!

Camp NaNo – Check In!

Oh boy.  The month is half over and my novel is not. I run into this every time I do NaNoWriMo.  Normally, I rush the ending to get it in there.  It’s easy for me to write quantity, but I struggle with quality and direction, especially in a first draft.  Lately, I’ve been finding myself thinking about my elevator pitch and how enjoyable or unique this story would be and I am trying not to think about those things.  Those are the voices that keep me from moving past a first draft. Seriously, though.  My book is about four mismatched characters […]

Posted July 13, 2018 in Writing // 6 Comments //
Camp NaNoWrimo 2018 – Week 1 (Titles)

Camp NaNoWrimo 2018 – Week 1 (Titles)

Hello my beautiful monsters! I hope all of you are delighted and chipper on this lovely Saturday! I am being accountable, and checking in with my NaNoWriMo progress!  I wanted to tell you a bit about my novel in segments.  As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, it’s being hashtagged on Twitter as #BountyHunterWIP and is under the working title of Lady of Shadows (which I really don’t like).  Today, I want to talk a bit about titles. A title is so important to a novel, because it’s just as big of a grabber as the beautiful covers we all drool over.  […]

Posted July 7, 2018 in Writing // 10 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 aka My Doom

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 aka My Doom

I am notorious for deciding at the very last minute that I should do NaNoWriMo. Lots of people spend months getting their NaNo stories set up… extensive plotting, incredible character sheet, months of subject research… I’m not that type of person.  For most things, I plan waaaay in advance.  For example:  I’m going to Venice and to Greece in September 2019 and I’m already watching flight and hotel prices. I write very differently.  The more time you give me to plan, the more I fall apart. My first NaNoWriMo was November 2010.  I decided on October 31st around 2pm that I […]

Posted July 1, 2018 in Writing // 12 Comments //
Character Profiles and Why They Are Amazing

Character Profiles and Why They Are Amazing

I write better when I use character profiles. I find it so, so easy to dive head first into a WIP and lose track of the details.  In Strange, one of my beta readers circled passages asking “is she fourteen or fifteen” and “I thought Ariella had brown eyes?” When you’re working with a lot of different characters, base details like this are easy to lose if they’re not particularly important to the story.  Should I have caught those details while drafting?  Yes.  But with a character profile, at least I have a frame of reference. So… you want to make […]

Posted April 5, 2018 in Writing // 11 Comments //
Why “The Last Jedi” is Excellent Storytelling

Why “The Last Jedi” is Excellent Storytelling

Mes chers, I saw The Last Jedi about a month ago now, and honestly… I don’t understand why everyone has been hating on it. I waited several weeks to see it even though I LOVE Star Wars based on so many *meh* reviews from people I respected.  REGRET. It was really fantastic and I walked out of the theatre baffled as to why so many people found it disappointing. I’m trying to think of it from the point-of-view of a typical Star Wars fan, and the closest I can come up with is the fact there were so many grey areas. […]

Posted February 4, 2018 in Reading, Real World, Thoughts, Writing // 5 Comments //