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
I've been thinking a lot about tropes and clichés lately. Between editing a previous trilogy with a foundation built on tropes--including everything from the Chosen One to vampires and werewolves to old men who know all yet tell nothing--and planning a new series that uses even more--and this time, purposefully--plus simply observing the dialogue surrounding the… Continue reading Tropes and Clichés
I got a lot of positive feedback regarding my The Demons of Doubt post from yesterday (which I really, really appreciate; thank you). It also brought up an idea inspired by my own musing and discussions that I--having that writer's soul--decided to craft a blog post around: mentality. But not just that, but pointing out the obvious--yet… Continue reading The Power Over Your Own Mentality
Out of all the famous and clichéd phrases, one that I live the most by (or the one I think about most often) is "Patience is a Virtue." My Aunt taught it to me when I was a young, impatient thing while we were at the bookstore and I just wanted the next book in… Continue reading Patience is a…Reward?
I think you could label choosing to be a writer as a career as embarking on a profession of rejection. (It is just such a catchy phrase, I kind of love it). And what I mean by that is exactly what is says: when you commit to writing, you're also committing to being rejected. A lot.… Continue reading Profession of Rejection
When I introduce myself as a writer, responses are always varied. Some are with piqued interest, some with feigned respect, most with slight confusion and snarky jokes related to the "starving artist" role (which my bank account has unfortunately taken to heart). A follow-up question, if asked, is usually, "What do you write?" Of course,… Continue reading Writing: the Why and the How
So, I know I've written about this before, but I'm in that stage again. I don't have a title for it. It's the You're-Not-Cut-Out-To-Be-A-Writer stage. It's not that I don't have the drive or the ambition or the dream. I mean hell, I've going through round three of editing my debut and this thing isn't… Continue reading Pushing Forward