Category: Writing

Camp NaNoWrimo 2018 – Week 1 (Titles)

Camp NaNoWrimo 2018 – Week 1 (Titles)

Posted July 7, 2018 in Writing // 10 Comments

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.  […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 aka My Doom

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 aka My Doom

Posted July 1, 2018 in Writing // 12 Comments

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 […]

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My Friend, Who Is An Author

My Friend, Who Is An Author

Posted June 15, 2018 in Writing // 4 Comments

My loves, I have a story for you.  And, like all the best stories, it simply must begin with:  “Once Upon a Time”. It begins nearly ten years ago, when I moved back home after spending a year at college in New York.  I managed to set myself up as an intern for an improv theatre troupe (best internship ever – more on that some other time) for high school students.  These kids were four or more years younger than me.  Some were funny, some were annoying, one was my brother… but there was no more frustrating, none more self-important […]

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Character Profiles and Why They Are Amazing

Character Profiles and Why They Are Amazing

Posted April 5, 2018 in Writing // 11 Comments

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 […]

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Unpopular Opinion: “The Last Jedi” Is Great Storytelling

Unpopular Opinion: “The Last Jedi” Is Great Storytelling

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

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. […]

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