• DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Tips,  Writing Journey

    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Two

    Diary: WEEK FIVE The productivity high wore off this week, leaving me feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and like I hadn’t learned anything over the past month. This is when I decided to stop adding new things to read and do and just work with what I already had. This didn’t include articles, but it did include new books and webinars – I could always read more stuff later. Now, I really needed some sleep, and I really wanted to catch up on the few shows I watch. I kept up with Youtube, which was great, but I do like watching TV, too. This week, I also did beta edits on my…

  • Tips,  Writer's Block,  Writing World

    The Perpetual Rewriting Zone

    From time to time I run into someone who just can’t seem to make it to the tail end of their stories. I understand, of course. I’m sure most of us have unfinished novels on our shelves. Unfinished because we lost interest. Unfinished because the plot unraveled and we didn’t know to fix it. Unfinished because we simply stopped caring. But there are those out there who have unfinished novels simply because they can’t put the stories down. They can’t stop editing, tweaking, rewriting, starting over. They just can’t get their hands off of it. But here are some steps I’ve collected over the years to help you get your…

  • Tips,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Fear, Thy Name Is…Fear

    Last year, I had a MAJOR writing-related meltdown that led me to series of blogs written by writers who were going through the same thing I was. It took me nearly 4 hours to read through all of that material, but I am so glad I took the time. Sometimes we know what’s going on with us…for example, I knew that this particular block had a lot of fear behind it. But oftentimes, knowing the problem doesn’t exactly solve the problem. So I was scared. What now? Well, aside from the obvious, which was determining exactly why I was scared. You know, what I was scared of. For me, it was of complete…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Tips,  Writing World

    Outlining 101

    Outlining can sound SO scary sometimes! After all, we know how long it takes us to write a book and what it all entails. It can be super intimidating jotting down all the plot points beforehand. We don’t always know where the story is going sometimes, and we don’t want to force it. But my theory has always been, the story is already in our heads. We’re writing to get it out so we don’t go crazy. Outlining doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. I’m going to list some ways you can outline, from the baby outlines to the ones you can finish in an hour to the longer,…

  • Books,  Creative Writing 101,  Movies,  Tips

    Beginnings 101

    Beginnings are hard. People sometimes redo their intros 70 times! After all, do we start with the inciting incident? What IS an inciting incident?! Do we start with a funeral opening even though half the writing world would tell us not to? Do we start with something mundane and everyday? Do we start with the character in a big action scene, sword fighting to save the chest of jewels pirates are trying to steal from the sultan? The one and only answer is: You start where the story starts. And where is that? It’s the latest possible point you can start the story without people being lost, before everything starts…