90,000 Words Later – What I learned from writing a fantasy novel . . .

Recently, I finished drafting, revising, and editing my manuscript for The Witch's Uprising, a medieval-inspired fantasy for teens, young adults, and adults. It took me more time than I wanted, but it was worth every bit of effort. At 90,000 words, my manuscript is longer than I originally planned. I'm proud to say that I've finished something of this magnitude, and I hope it will be one of many projects in years to come. . .

Are you already prepping for NaNoWriMo? My thoughts – Please share yours!

As I research and study several avenues of self-publication, online publication, and author-related social media, I notice that I often daydream about writing new pieces outside of my mainline series. It would be nice to draft a quick 50,000 word novel, if only to have fun writing with others. I'd like to reconnect with the joy of cooking something from scratch / partially prepped. Here are my questions to you: -Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo? -Are you already prepping for November? -Are you working on something else?   Share your thoughts in any case! I WANT TO KNOW.

What just happened? Why I had to temporarily stop writing and re-asses how I create . . .

In the last two weeks, I have not written a single word, despite my original goal of reaching 180-300 hours of writing this summer. Why? A Downward Spiral of Inactivity My relationship with time management is a funny one. For weeks at a time, I feel like the most productive person ever, and then, for … Continue reading What just happened? Why I had to temporarily stop writing and re-asses how I create . . .

“Just writing” – How a summer of writing is teaching me to do life better

This is one of a series of posts for my writing challenge, Minutes to a Better Book. You can read more about the challenge, and see all related posts here.       I Wrote an average of 2.5-3 hours a day, for ten days... I've reached the 30-hour milestone for writing my books. I'm happy with the … Continue reading “Just writing” – How a summer of writing is teaching me to do life better

A Summer of Writing: Minutes to A Better Book

I write books as a hobby, and last month I had to push that hobby to the side. The school year was ending, and I spent the first two weeks of June wrapping up loose ends and taking trainings. I was busy, to say the least. The three days that followed were fraught with mental … Continue reading A Summer of Writing: Minutes to A Better Book

How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

I knew I had an idea . . . I knew it was great, but where did it go? The blank screen had no answer for me, and only the sound of my cat meowing filled the air. What happened to that shiny object I was chasing? Luckily, I had an answer. This is the … Continue reading How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

When you have writer’s procrastination, try these five simple steps. . .

I sat down at my screen today wanting to write for my project, A Thousand Watchful Eyes. This resulted in the usual pattern of procrastination - surfing the internet, watching a video, writing notes about future projects, eating a snack... The list goes on. I have faced this dragon before, and I have defeated it many times over. When you don't feel like writing, try these five simple steps . . .  *While these five steps work for Writer's Procrastination, you can apply the same method to any task. You just need to get creative with Steps Four and Five.

Where is the most dangerous place for your characters to go? – Eight questions for building fictional worlds.

Building Fictional Worlds Part I: Setting and Characterization When building a fictional setting, the connection between your characters and the world they live could make or break the believability of your creations. Deepening the connection between the landscape and your characters is therefore very important.

Are you depleted of ideas, or do you just need to re-energize? Three questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block.

It was Saturday morning, and I stared at a half-written scene in the all-to-familiar agony of writer's block. My usual urge to craft a scene had left me, and my cat, Horton, made a bed of my forearms. The time had finally come to do something else.