Category: Writing

Meet Olive – Beautiful People #27

Meet Olive – Beautiful People #27

I CAN’T BELIEVE I ALMOST FORGOT THIS. I wanted to join in this meme in July, then I told myself “I’ll wait until August!” … then I forgot again!  But now it is the end of the month and it’s not QUITE too late so, haha!  I’m doing the thing. Soooo. Beautiful People is a monthly WRITING meme hosted by Cait @ Paperfury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In.  It’s all about our WIP and writing and CHARACTERS.  Which are my favorite of all favorites, so I’m really excited to answer these questions. For this month, I’m going to […]

Posted August 26, 2017 in Memes, My Stories, Writing // 7 Comments //
I’m Trying Aesthetic Boards Because Why Not?

I’m Trying Aesthetic Boards Because Why Not?

I’ve noted that a lot of the writerly blogpeople I follow like to make aesthetic boards on Pinterest to inspire their souls.  I have NEVER tried this before, but the conscensus seems to be that it’s the BEES KNEES. So I’m pretty good and stuck on The Land of Dark and Broken Things so I figured – HEY, WHY NOT? So. In short – The Land of Dark and Broken Things… It evolved from ‘Tweens (which is now a quartet because remember that old plot? Gone).  There’s a four-part world of imagination that is rotting and becoming corrupted as its source (human […]

Posted August 23, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 11 Comments //
Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

Burgers & Shakes for Everyone! – OR – Why Food is Such an AWESOME Element of Setting

I read novels to get immersed into awesome worlds. Okay, so if I really broke it down I would tell you that characters are awesome, plot is essential, love stories are annoying (I’M SORRY GUYS, I WANT MONSTERS NOT KISSING), and can magic please exist?  But the escapism element?  Yeah, that’s why I read in a single element.  Books are way cooler than real life. For people like me who would rather fly on hippogriffs than sweep the kitchen, having a strong setting that leaves room for the imagination is essential.  In my reading experience, this is best with food. DISCLAIMER It […]

Posted August 5, 2017 in Reading, Writing // 10 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Update #2

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Update #2

Sometimes, things just don’t go the way I planned them. Last week, I finished reading The Night Circus.  It was glorious.  I loved it so much that I went and purchased the hardcover copy the next day.  This post is not about The Night Circus but if you want to read all about my love of it, you can do so here. My point is that sometimes you read a book that comes together so perfectly, it makes you go back and reflect on your own work.  The Night Circus did that for me, and I spent several hours that day […]

Posted July 20, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 2 Comments //
Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

I am a prolific writer, and world-class yellow-bellied chicken.  I have finished drafts of seven novels.  I have queried zero agents.  Why? To a backwoods girl with big dreams, querying a “big-city” agent is terrifying.  Here’s why: I have zero literary connections. I have attended zero fancy writing conferences. I have zero professional proofreading connections. I have zero non-professional reliable proofreading connections. I have almost zero social media presence. I feel like no matter how many times I revise, my story is never good enough. So where, then, to begin? I have to change all those zeroes into positive numbers.  Attend writing […]

Posted July 11, 2017 in Writing // 4 Comments //
Camp NaNoWriMo 2017; Update #1

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017; Update #1

Sometimes, characters surprise you. It’s the reason that I have difficulty writing  on an outline, and why I can’t seem to keep a story consistent between drafts. I’ve been sick the last couple of days (sinus infection, ugh) and hadn’t been writing.  I sat down this morning to revise chapter seven.  In this chapter, Lucy has learned that the things she imagines becomes real, so she decides to create a way for herself to escape.  Only, naturally, it doesn’t go as planned. In this rewrite, Lucy’s character has evolved a lot.  When I wrote this story back in 2011, I […]

Posted July 9, 2017 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments //