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

    The Graveyard of Crap I Need To Rewrite

    Haha. I’ve come to conclusion that I am being haunted by old projects, so I’m going to talk about what is haunting me and my plan to remedy this situation. Anything that I wrote before 2007 is off the table. This isn’t to say that I’ll never rewrite any of those. I’m only saying that none of those projects are haunting me. Also off the table are any partially finished projects. Most of these are not far enough along to haunt me anyway, and I don’t really consider them to be “unfinished.” They’re more like “ideas-in-progress.” Unfinished to me means I left loose ends everywhere, and ideas-in-progress don’t have loose…

  • Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Past Project Problems

    Earlier this year, I was juggling a couple of projects. While there aren’t any real issues with Project Pinewood Falls, other than me not quite being in the mood for it right now, I can’t say the same for Project Puppet Box. I don’t have plot problems, per se, but since my plots tend to stem directly from my characters, and I’m having main character problems, specifically, I have no confidence in the plot as a result. It doesn’t “feel right” for lack of a better explanation, and since I got out of the forcing crap business, I have no choice but to keep setting it aside. And speaking of…

  • Ideas,  Inspiration,  Writing World

    Stories Based On Dreams Based On Stories

    Ever write a story based on a dream you had? I tried a time or two. Once I had a dream that I was a mermaid who came on land after my human mother was kidnapped by some dudes and held for ransom. Sounds pretty awesome right? 😐 Lol! I got one chapter in and gave up. It made zero sense. Why did they kidnap her? And how the crap am I a mermaid if BOTH of my parents are human? Yeah, they were BOTH human. My dreams make so much sense. Another time I tried to incorporate a couple of dreams into a story about past lives. I realized…

  • Ideas,  Inside Information,  Writing Journey

    Writing A Retelling

    Once upon a time, back in 2012, I ran into a HUGE wall. I had idea after idea falling on its face. I didn’t know then that it takes me several months to bake an idea. I had only been writing again for a year after a two year hiatus, and before that hiatus, I had a four year college-related hiatus. So…I had a lot of things to learn about myself as a writer. Back then, I thought if an idea wasn’t gelling, it was a bad idea and needed to be trashed. Now I know things just need to bake. Among those many ideas that melted and died were…

  • Characters,  Facts of Life,  Ideas,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Where Characters Come From

    One day I was telling my brother how sorry I felt for a rather unfortunate-looking character in WINTER’S SIREN. And my brother was like, “You made her that way.” And I quickly responded, “She came to me that way.” And that’s true for everyone I write about these days. If the characters don’t come to me with a story, than I’m just grasping at air. And if I’m grasping at air…well, I stop. Whenever I get a new idea, people just start showing up. Sure, we can make an argument for them already being in my head somewhere, made up of different parts of things that I’ve stumbled across over…