Category: Writing

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 […]

Is Your Protagonist Worthy?

Is Your Protagonist Worthy?

Posted March 19, 2021 in Writing // 4 Comments

Lately, I’ve been wrestling with the importance – or lack thereof – of my WIPs.  I think this stems from my own existential struggles.  Why do my character’s stories matter?  Why are they worth telling?  How extraordinary does a person have to be to have a worthwhile story to tell? I struggle with this the most in contemporaries.  When I write a fantasy, I find it’s easier create extraordinary characters with extra interesting backstories, missions, and motivators.  In contemporaries… I struggle.  For example, I want to share Emma’s little corner of Vermont and her friends and her love of MMORPGs and […]

My Privilege, the Publishing Industry, & Taking Up a Seat at the Table

My Privilege, the Publishing Industry, & Taking Up a Seat at the Table

Posted February 22, 2021 in Writing // 0 Comments

In the last handful of years, social media platforms have offered the space for published authors to open up and share about their process – from plotting to querying to how they were able to make writing their full-time career.  As a frequent viewer of these story chains and tweet threads, I have come to learn a lot about what it takes to be a professional author, both traditionally and self-published.  Like most careers in the entertainment industry, it takes an incredible amount of years and work.  It also takes a lot of luck and privilege. I don’t mind hard […]

Plotting a Book Is Like Pulling Teeth – A Pantser’s Confession About Drafting

Plotting a Book Is Like Pulling Teeth – A Pantser’s Confession About Drafting

Posted February 1, 2021 in Writing // 2 Comments

True facts:  I am not a plotter. The greatest joy in writing, for me, is sitting down with a blank sheet and filling it.  I’m the type of person who comes up with scenes and moments in her head while in the shower or while commuting when I can’t write anything down, and replays them over and over and over until I can get to a pen and paper.  My writing is an adventure in my mind, completely unstructured. And over the years I have learned that is fine for NaNoWriMo, and a mess if I actually want to get anything done. […]

WIP Introductions: A Star Danced

WIP Introductions: A Star Danced

Posted November 20, 2020 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments

Hello, beautiful monsters! Today, I’m introducing another of my many, MaNy, mAnY, MANY works-in-progress.  Creatively, I’m going in reverse, with my newest WIPs first, and then maybe eventually someday, I’ll introduce you all to my favorite of all favorites, the novel I keep rewriting and restructuring… Fate. Today is not that day. Today, I’ll be introducing you all to A Star Danced! This WIP was my November 2018 NaNoWriMo project.  It was such a big deal for me because it was the first time I’d don’t something fully original for NaNo in years.  In previous times, I’d done rewrites or spinoffs of my […]