• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Dear Writer: Be Nice To Yourself

    It feels we oftentimes expect change to come sweeping down in an obvious fashion. A handsome knight on a unicorn. An epiphany that hits us hard in the grocery store and shakes us. The reality is that it sneaks up on you before dawn. Completely silent. Completely invisible. So, last month I put the final touches on my next book that’s coming out in less than two weeks! Since then, I haven’t done much writing. I thought maybe I had Stage Fright. After all, that’s a very real thing, and somewhere in the back of my mind, I always want to do better than the previous story. Push myself harder.…

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

    Staying Focused and Such

    One day, people, one day I will get through an entire novel without having some kind of crisis. Yes? I’ll wait patiently over there while you laugh hysterically. So, here’s what happened. Long story short, it’s because I don’t have an outline for this story. Usually, by this point in the process, I have a finished outline. But nope, I’ve decided to write dangerously. Just me and my notes and my brain and my flow chart thingie that I haven’t bothered to look at. At the same time, I do know where the story is going, so I don’t really need an outline. But it’s very true that I wouldn’t…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    How To Fix Your Story When It Sucks

    A good writing friend suggested over the weekend that I write a post about how to fix a story that sucks. She probably didn’t mean for me to actually write a post about it, but I do have some thoughts on the topic. 😉 It is a fact that I’m currently brainstorming a story that I tried to write a few years ago. Whether the story actually sucked or not doesn’t matter. You have to spend more time with the story than anyone. If you think it’s trash, there’s clearly something wrong. And I’ll be honest with you – it doesn’t matter what’s wrong. Because that isn’t the problem. The problem…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Movies

    Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

    Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

  • Facts of Life,  Inspiration,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    What It Means To Develop “Thick Skin”

    When you’re a writer, you’re told early on to develop a “thick skin.” Publishers and magazines and agents are going reject you. Readers aren’t going to like you. You can’t take it personally. Blah, blah. But what does that actually mean? Recently, I listened to someone complain about how hurt they are by negative reviews. Someone told this person that they needed to develop a thicker skin and stop being extra sensitive and stuff. It’s not that I wouldn’t be upset if someone left a lengthy negative review on my work. It’s just I’m past the point where I’m going to excessively whine about it, especially in public (online). Not…