• Creative Writing 101,  Mini Rants,  Writing World

    On Deal Breakers

    I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to books. I have a large range of interest, and a high tolerance for crappy intros. This is not to say I don’t ever stop reading something and never come back to it. And this isn’t to say that I like everything I read. But it’s pretty hard to turn me off so much that I just flat out can’t even force myself through it. I may have mentioned a few times that back in the day I had a 10% rule. I spent a lot of time at the library and in bookstores so if the book was 300 pages long, it…

  • Mini Rants,  TV

    A Tear for the Strong One

    Every so often I run across a book review that beats to the drum of, “She’s running around thinking about boys and crying. I thought she was strong. She’s so fracking weak!!” Let’s get this one thing straight. Falling in love doesn’t make your character weak. It takes strength to fall in love. Second, strength doesn’t mean your character never cries. Strength means that when life beats them down, their ass gets back up again. Crying doesn’t make you weak. Weakness is being afraid. Weakness is falling apart and staying that way. Strong people admit when they feel pain. Strong people cry. Weak people don’t cry because they don’t have…

  • Mini Rants,  Writing World

    Ranty-Rant-Rant

    Can I just say that every single writer is different? I mean yeah, we have wonderfully rat packy stuff in common with each other. But every single little thing that’s best for one writer…well, you know how the rest of this sentence goes. Let’s throw down some examples, cause I love them. ^_^ FOR EXAMPLE…not all first drafts are crap. –Some are. If you have one, it’s okay. If you don’t, it’s actually okay to admit this and stop hunting for horribly grievous problems when there aren’t any! It’s okay use a thesaurus. -I read somewhere once that if you don’t know the word you’re looking for, you need to stop…

  • Mini Rants,  Writing World

    Screw the Rules!!

    First and foremost: THERE ARE NO RULES IN WRITING! There are only grammar and spelling rules. And frankly, that is for the benefit of the reader. After all, I don’t know anyone who actually likes to get a headache trying to figure out what something says. For the longest, longest time, I was the only writer I knew. Sure I had the odd frenemy in middle school who also wrote stories and a couple of awesome poet friends. But it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I met another aspiring novelist! Needless to say, we became insta-acquaintances, because I was also the only wannabe writer she knew.…

  • Mini Rants,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    The Pre-NaNoWriMo Party Post & Post-Reading Freak Out

    The Pre-Party & Mock Cover Pimp First on the agenda, here are the two best (of 10) mock covers I made for my NaNoWriMo story, a supernatural/horror with a mentally defunct MC, courtesy of PicMonkey.com and DeviantArt.com. ^_^ The original artwork are both by this awesome artist seen here: My Solitary Ground. I was so lucky to find these. I’ve seen other writers do this on Pinterest, but I’ve never been enough for visual aids to put forth the effort. However, I came across a Pinterest page so awesome, it made a believer out of me, and I knew I had to try it. I needed to rest my wrist and brain…