• Mechanics,  Writing World

    Story Essentials: The Importance of Tone

    I recently saw The Little Mermaid the Musical. In case you don’t know, The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie of all time. To this day I can’t watch it without getting ALL the chills and feels. Long story short, I didn’t like the musical. It was fine. I give it a solid C minus. Major points were taken off namely because it was juvenile as hell. Had I known that going in, it would have been better. However, I went in thinking it would be more like The Lion King, which was BOSS. So…expectations were high. In reality, I get a smorgasbord of campy, juvenile, low-budget, and overacting. This is coming from…

  • Characters,  Fun,  Ideas,  Mechanics,  Writing World

    V is for Villain

    One of my greatest writing pleasures is meeting a new villain! They are some of my most favorite people in all of fiction – books, movies, tv shows. So much so that I used to have a problem with my antagonists overshadowing the main characters. If anyone has ever found themselves in a similar situation, we fix that pairing the villains with more interesting “heroes.” People who are just as fascinating, if not more. In my current project, who the “bad guy” is a little harder to decipher than usual. Dare I say, I don’t have a “bad guy” in the story at all! It’s a matter of interpretation, of course,…

  • Editing,  Mechanics

    Limbo, Limbo, Limbo

    I’ll be honest. I love editing! And you know why? Because I’m done with the story, that’s why! ^_^ For me, drafting the story is like an apartment on moving day. Everything is all a mess. There’s crap all over the floor. The walls are bare. So I love unpacking and putting up all my stuff, because it makes the place feel like home, you know. I hate messes and boxes, so it’s my mission to get them broken down and out of my new place as soon as possible. Which is why I edit as I go. Sure it slows me down some, but at the end of the day,…

  • Facts of Life,  Mechanics

    So This One Time, On YouTube…

    Have you ever been reading a book and realized that two themes in the book are completely contradicting each other? For example, some chick is claiming she doesn’t believe in love, but she still goes on a thousand dates a week anyway? Not to prove herself right or even wrong, mind you, but because she’s genuinely hoping she’ll find love if she keeps trying, you know, that thing she doesn’t believe in. So I’m browsing YouTube one day, and I see this video where this girl shaves her head completely bald. And I was curious. I wanted to know why she was shaving off all her gorgeous hair. She said it…

  • Mechanics,  Writing World

    The Great Description Debate

    It seems like there are some posts that come up a dozen times a month on the writing boards: prologues, description, writing rules, the best POV to write in. There is no right answer for any of these things. The most successful authors in the world break all the “rules” for example (Stephen King), have prologues (Dan Brown), have books with three page descriptions of button down shirts (I’m looking at YOU, Anne Rice.) Some people, like myself, LOVE description. Not the four page shirt kind, but the “he had orange eyes” kind. Orange eyes…that’s interesting. Anywho, the people who claim they hate description forget that 90% of the novel is…