Writing

Originality

I struggle with this concept so much, but never more than when I'm prepping to query. Whether I'm stalking agents on Twitter, perusing agency websites, utilizing the fantastic and wonderful Manuscript Wish List or just trying to craft my query in general, it never fails that this topic is brought up and I'm stuck with these… Continue reading Originality

Random Musings, Writing

Liebster Award!

Y'all know R.K. Brainerd, right? The amazing writer and fantastic human being over at Awake Dragon? I've bragged about her before and will prolly brag about her numerous times as our careers explode in the best way possible and we take over the world using puppies, goats and straw houses  we work our asses off and… Continue reading Liebster Award!

Writing

Querying Versus Job Hunting

You know, these things are actually quite similar. I'd never realized it until after talking with one of my coworkers, but the similarities are pretty obvious. He's a college student preparing for a career fair next week. Of course, that means amping up a resume and preparing his pitch. I was a liberal arts major… Continue reading Querying Versus Job Hunting

Writing

The Itch

I've been going a little stir-crazy the past few days, ever since this happened. I've learned that it's important to let your work breathe, after completing a draft. Jumping right back in, regardless of how desperately you need to or how much you really want to fix that one scene that's been nagging at you since chapter three. By… Continue reading The Itch

Writing

Weighing Importance

I've been doing a lot of adulting lately. Which, strangely enough, actually looks very similar to panicking: the increased heartbeat, the sweaty palms, the tears threatening to fall past your eyelids. The shrinking bank account. Moving out and living on my own in a kickass apartment is fantastic, but the bills that have followed are… Continue reading Weighing Importance

Writing

A “I Finished Writing My Fifth Book” Freak Out Moment

So, about half an hour ago, I did a thing. I finished a book. But not just any book. My fifth book. A book that I began tentatively planning earlier this spring. A book that, when I made my goals for the year, I didn't plan to start writing until around October. Did I imagine… Continue reading A “I Finished Writing My Fifth Book” Freak Out Moment

Writing

Pantser vs. Plotter: Living In-Between

If you're a writer, these terms have a lot of meaning to you. If you're not, these terms could still have a lot of meaning to you. They are pretty simple, definition wise. A pantser is someone who likes to live on the edge, to "wing it," to figure things out as they go. A… Continue reading Pantser vs. Plotter: Living In-Between