I’m Going To Query Again

I need to push forward. Writing is hard, but trying to get someone to buy into is even harder. More importantly it’s scary. It’s downright terrifying putting yourself out there. But I have reached a crossroads. I’m not going to let my fear stop me. From today on out, I’m going into overdrive mode. I’m…

Gearing Up for Querying

One of the hardest things about writing isn’t the writing, the editing, or figuring out where your story could potentially fit in the landscape. The hardest part is actually putting yourself out there. The one thing that’s easiest to forget when you are putting yourself out there is that the piece you are shopping isn’t…

Pushing on to Edit

I’ve finished my YA contemporary. After a couple days of decompression, I’m now jumping back into editing my novels. While I’m not pushing myself to edit the YA contemp, that doesn’t mean I don’t have other novels that I want to work on. However, that transition from writing to editing is always difficult for me.…

Writing the End of the Novel

I don’t know how many times I written about the end of a novel. Writing that last section can mean all sorts of things. As I am fast approaching writing the final words on my YA contemporary, I’m mulling over everything it means as I’m at the phase of the stage. I fleet from wanting…

Finding The Heart Of Your Story

Some people when they right have the privilege of knowing what their story is about before they even get to writing. Those people I think are really lucky. For all the plotting that I do, I never know the heart of the story when I start. I usually don’t start to figure it out until…

Confidence is the Key to Writing

Writing is a grueling process. It rips out your soul, tears at your confidence, and then smacks you in the face until you either give in or stop noticing it. In many ways it’s kind of like life, which is fitting since that is often what it’s trying to emulate in some fashion. Writing doesn’t…

Pansting in Notepad

Just like I mentioned yesterday about jumping to a new genre, I also went into it writing in a completely different way. Normally I am an obligate plotter. However, for this project I am winging it. That is so not what I’m used to. In fact, I’m changing everything about how I am writing this…

Writing Outside of Your Typical Genre

When you write there is a sort of comfort that you have. It’s so easy to find something that you love and stick to it. When you find something that you are good at on top of that, it’s even better. Finding that comfort zone is something that can take time and you don’t want…

Writing: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

I spend much of my time writing. I write furiously. I edit with no abandon. I’ve been at it for almost a full three years and spend my time not writing, reading to understand what works and what doesn’t. I’ve watched my writing transform. In the early days it was coherent, but often composed in…

Mashing Up Genres

I’ve been writing for almost a full three years now. The time has flown and I’ve written many things. My inspiration comes from many things. However, it is often when my project that is inspired by an amalgamation of other works that I tend to get very excited to explore similar, but new territory.┬áMy latest…

Coming into my Own – Editing

Lately, I’ve been editing a lot. Between working on my own projects and beta reading for others, I’ve been having to look at writing with a critical eye regularly. The more that I look at writing i this way, the more that I’m flexing my skill at spotting how to make a novel better. However,…

Likeable Characters

A lot of people love claim that they love characters in their novels. Considering how many novels I’ve had to trudge through because I found the characters to be so unbearable, I’m firmly in that camp. In comparison, when there are stories with characters that I love and plots I can’t tolerate, I can get…

Where Do You Get Your Inspiration

Every so often you need to force yourself to sit down and write something before you feel the full inspiration to do so. Sometimes you need to write it before you are ready and that requires the ability to find inspiration from different places. People find inspiration in a all different ways. However, the one…

Worldbuilding

I haven’t talked about worldbuilding in a while here. Worldbuilding is incredibly important. The way a world is built and constructed can make a break a novel. Yes, I am willing to bank that much of a person’s appreciation of a story on Worldbuilding. If you’re characters exist within a vacuum, if the the plot…

Why I Still Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’ve heard the gamut of advice since I started writing a few years ago. I’ve heard to write what you know. I’ve heard to write what people will read. I’ve heard to write what you enjoy. There are so many tidbits of what one should write, some of it is helpful, while some of it…