• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

    One of the nerd channels I follow on YouTube did a video last week talking about the Crimes of Grindelwald and how it fails according to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Writing a script for a movie, writing a book, and writing a graphic novel are all different mediums and require different storytelling styles, but some things are universal and can apply across the board. The 22 Rules of Storytelling are one of those universal things and can be a fun and quick way to discover your own storytelling weaknesses and figure out why an otherwise good movie or book left a weird metaphorical taste on your brain palate. Follow…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Happy Dance,  Mechanics,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Settling On A New Project, Part Three

    Haha. 😀 Before I get into that though, I has a poetry book cover!! Reveal is next week!! ^_^ Okay. Last year, I quite dramatically on exactly two occasions (officially) ranted about how hard it was for me to settle on a project. Quick Overview: I tried using a couple of different apps to randomly pick an idea for me. I drew random ideas out of a pile. I asked multiple people for help narrowing things down or to choose for me. Ultimately, I ended up not writing at all or even trying for several months because I was just plum exhausted. Speaking of plums, does anyone know when they’re…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  TV,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writing Stuff: Doubt Dragon Files

    GUYS!!! Poetry cover is in progress!! I’ll have mockups as early as next week!! 😀 Okay, I’ll calm down. 😛 Anywho, before you read the title and think I’m over here whining again, spoiler alert: I’m not. Us writers are always learning and growing and flailing around, and I’m here to tell you why doubt isn’t a bad thing. Before you think me extra crazy, read on. If you were on Twitter Sunday night or Monday morning, you likely saw a lot of angry Game of Thrones tweets and for good reason. The show is beautifully shot, well-acted for the most part, and exciting. HOWEVER, none of those things can…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Writing World

    Unofficial Poetry Styles

    Disclaimer: 😀 I took one poetry class in college, for half a semester, and received a B, points off for being difficult, like when I argued that all haikus didn’t have to literally be about nature. I stand behind everything 19-year-old me said. I’m not a poetry expert, but it’s fun to talk about stuff, so this is my understanding of poetry and the verbiage I use to describe different aspects of it. 🙂 Style 1 – Formed/Traditional Things don’t have to be uniform, but formed poems have a clear pattern, sometimes rhyme, and usually make some kind of sense without having to try too hard. Here you have your…