• 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…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Writing World

    Unofficial Poetry Styles

    Disclaimer: 😀 I took one poetry class in college, for half a semester, and received a B, points off for being difficult, like when I argued that all haikus didn’t have to literally be about nature. I stand behind everything 19-year-old me said. I’m not a poetry expert, but it’s fun to talk about stuff, so this is my understanding of poetry and the verbiage I use to describe different aspects of it. 🙂 Style 1 – Formed/Traditional Things don’t have to be uniform, but formed poems have a clear pattern, sometimes rhyme, and usually make some kind of sense without having to try too hard. Here you have your…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Perfectionism Is The Path To Ruin

    I wasn’t going to post again this week, but over the weekend, I saw a post in one of my Facebook writing groups and wanted to talk about it. In the post, a writer was lamenting about all the four star reviews their book was getting. Upon further investigation, not only did this author have several reviews, very few of them were less than five stars. After lamenting, they proceeded to ask for advice on how they could become a better writer and write a book so good it will only get five stars from everyone who reads it. They were so upset about it that they were close to…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Dear Writer: Be Nice To Yourself

    It feels we oftentimes expect change to come sweeping down in an obvious fashion. A handsome knight on a unicorn. An epiphany that hits us hard in the grocery store and shakes us. The reality is that it sneaks up on you before dawn. Completely silent. Completely invisible. So, last month I put the final touches on my next book that’s coming out in less than two weeks! Since then, I haven’t done much writing. I thought maybe I had Stage Fright. After all, that’s a very real thing, and somewhere in the back of my mind, I always want to do better than the previous story. Push myself harder.…

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

    Once Upon A Series Attempt

    Don’t get too excited by the title. LOL! 😀 So, as you may or may not know, I’m editing the next book (HOUSE OF FALLING EMBERS, due out October 1st!!), and this is always a good time for me to brainstorm and outline and plan since there’s no real pressure to settle on anything, and I’m all relaxed and stuff. Well, I’ve come to the realization that there’s been some kind of mental block when it comes to me and writing even a two-part series. At first I thought I was just running scared. After all, I’ve never finished a sequel before. It must be jitters, right? But THEN, I…