• Creative Writing 101,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    Opening Sentences for Uncompleted Projects

    Fun fact: I used to have over 100 blog drafts. I eventually got it down to under 25, because some of them were just ideas. Others were full posts that were outdated because things had changed. In any case, one of the posts to survive is the one I’m presenting today. A few years ago, to embarrass myself for my writing and blog anniversary, I shared the opening lines for some of my older projects. In getting that post together, I had actually compiled the opening lines for every wannabe novel-length project I could find, finished or unfinished. For brevity, in that original post, I only included my favorites. I…

  • Writing Journey

    Life & Lemons

    I give up. I’ve been trying to write a post about why I don’t want to talk about writing, but I think I’ll just be straightforward. It has nothing to do with the state of the world. I had a long overdue public meltdown about writing crap at the beginning of the year. Though, honestly, while I know it isn’t true, I’ve been feeling very much like I’m not allowed to be upset about anything. This mentality might actually be making everything worse. So here I am. Complaining about writing again. I’m not apologizing for it. There are a lot of things I’m dealing with right now. I’d rather not…

  • Anniversary,  Writing Journey

    This Year’s Anniversary Post

    Back when I started this blog, 8 years ago now, I always made sure I acknowledged all the significant moments. Not so much anymore, but July is the blog’s birthday month, as well as the month I set aside to celebrate the anniversary of my first finished novel attempt. These days, I don’t feel like celebrating anything writing-related. While this isn’t the case, I want to blame it on replacing my computer in March. Because there was a delay in getting the new one, I ended up with homeless files for around a month. While I was fine, I just didn’t feel like myself. Then I decided to declutter the…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Overanalyzing My Writing Process

    Hi. 🙂 I’ve been thinking. Hahaha. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about my writing process and how to improve it. When I think about the stories that I love the most, the ones I’ve written, they have a couple of interesting things in common. First, I didn’t overthink the minor details. Or the plot. Or even character arcs. I had the main things in place. The main characters, the main plot, the beginning and ending, and some points along the way. I had moments of doubt, of course, that I conveniently and unfortunately keep forgetting about. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t think too much about what I…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writing Life: Experimentation Files

    Sometimes when I’m in an experimenting mood I feel like I take it too far. Like, a story set 1000 years in the future sounds super fun! But sometimes it’s too much at once. I get overwhelmed and then curl into a ball and quit. So I decided to try experimenting in a different kind of way. It’s not that I feel like I can’t write a story set in the future. It’s that I need to figure out how to do that without getting overwhelmed. I have a story set 500 years in the future, I think, and tackling all the world building was fun, but it was also…