• Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    Writing Thoughts: Not Settling

    Why do you write? Seriously. Do you know why you write? There are people who write for entertainment. There are people who write to explore some kind of theme or message. Some writers want to go on an adventure. Me? I’m a very emotional writer. I’m not trying to “say” anything. I don’t make decisions based on things like “logic.” I had a writing friend point out last week that some people chase a “feeling” when they write. They want their stories to feel a certain way. Excuse me while I wax dramatic for a second, but I have never felt so understood in my life! It reminds me of this…

  • Facts of Life,  Motivation,  Quotes

    Pep Talking

    You have a unique perspective. Take 50 writers and put them in the a room with one objective: to write a romance between a lime and a raspberry, and you will get 50 wildly different stories. Will some of these stories have common themes? Of course they will, but YOU are the ONLY one who will write that exact story in that exact way. You’re the only one. Go ahead, whip up a quick little tale about a lime and raspberry romance. Case and point: My tale ends with the raspberry being carried away by a stately Blue-jay to it’s young, only along the way, the bird runs into a clean,…

  • Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Ready…Set…???

    I wonder sometimes how I know when a story is ready to write. How can I tell when it’s time to pick up the metaphorical pen and start drafting? How do I know I picked the right idea?! In a nutshell, I ask my gut. So, whenever I’m planning a new story idea, there’s always this moment where I freak out. I think, “Something’s missing.” or “I can’t do this.” or “What if this story is really stupid.” If my gut agrees with me, then I have to go back to the plot bunny pit and wrestle the idea back into the crockpot to bake some more. Or sometimes just…

  • Quotes,  Writing World

    Sometimes You Just Gotta Know When To Quit…

    Have you ever worked on anything, gotten a ways into it, and realized that you didn’t want to write that story anymore? Sure you have. 🙂 And what did you do? Did you set it aside and work on something else? Did you push through it? Or Did you Quit? That’s a heavy word isn’t it? Quit. But sometimes, that’s EXACTLY what you need to do. People say it’s easy to quit. But actually, sometimes, quitting can be the hardest thing you do with a story. Especially if you’re quite a ways through it. Because you’ve put all that time into it. So much time and energy and love. You can’t…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Quotes,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing World

    13 Lessons From The Story Graveyard

    1) First novels have a 90% chance of being complete crap. It’s okay if you’re part of the 90%. 2) It’s okay to write without a plan and end up with a complete mess on your hands. Never write without a plan again. 3) Some ideas will fall into the abyss. Find a new idea. 4) It’s okay if your title is The Headless Fisherman and no headless fisherman appear anywhere in the book. Titles can be changed. You’re not stuck with them. 5) Sometimes you just don’t know what to do. Write anyway. This is what revision is for. 6) If your character is getting on your nerves, they…