• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

    One of the nerd channels I follow on YouTube did a video last week talking about the Crimes of Grindelwald and how it fails according to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Writing a script for a movie, writing a book, and writing a graphic novel are all different mediums and require different storytelling styles, but some things are universal and can apply across the board. The 22 Rules of Storytelling are one of those universal things and can be a fun and quick way to discover your own storytelling weaknesses and figure out why an otherwise good movie or book left a weird metaphorical taste on your brain palate. Follow…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Happy Dance,  Mechanics,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Settling On A New Project, Part Three

    Haha. 😀 Before I get into that though, I has a poetry book cover!! Reveal is next week!! ^_^ Okay. Last year, I quite dramatically on exactly two occasions (officially) ranted about how hard it was for me to settle on a project. Quick Overview: I tried using a couple of different apps to randomly pick an idea for me. I drew random ideas out of a pile. I asked multiple people for help narrowing things down or to choose for me. Ultimately, I ended up not writing at all or even trying for several months because I was just plum exhausted. Speaking of plums, does anyone know when they’re…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Excuse Factories and Other Writerly Nuances

    Around four years ago, I was going to buddy-read a book on fiction writing. I haven’t read a craft book in several years. I still haven’t finished it because said buddy quit on it, and since I was only reading it to be supportive, I lost the will to continue, because frankly, le book was getting on my nerves. It’s not a bad book. I just wasn’t in the mood to wade through the basic waters. It’s also wicked repetitive. But anyway, I was thinking about this thing he said about the length of time it takes to write a book. He said there’s a difference between the writer who…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  TV,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writing Stuff: Doubt Dragon Files

    GUYS!!! Poetry cover is in progress!! I’ll have mockups as early as next week!! 😀 Okay, I’ll calm down. 😛 Anywho, before you read the title and think I’m over here whining again, spoiler alert: I’m not. Us writers are always learning and growing and flailing around, and I’m here to tell you why doubt isn’t a bad thing. Before you think me extra crazy, read on. If you were on Twitter Sunday night or Monday morning, you likely saw a lot of angry Game of Thrones tweets and for good reason. The show is beautifully shot, well-acted for the most part, and exciting. HOWEVER, none of those things can…