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

    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones¬†movie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…

  • Books,  Writing World

    On Cliff-Hanger Endings

    I’ll be honest. Not a fan. I was relieved when I finally read Hunger Games (due to impending movie release and no other reason) that all the books were out when I read it. It was recommended to me years ago, but I rejected it because the concept grossed me out. All this said, let’s say I did read them as they came out. I would have been one pissed off cookie (or whatever I am.) Especially the ending to Catching Fire. Like, that’s so messed up to end a book that way! But I didn’t care because I had book 3 ready to go. So, to me a cliffhanger…

  • Tips,  Writer's Block

    Avoiding Brick Walls & Unraveling Plot Lines

    You just got a great idea! Whoo Hoo! But how do you keep this idea from giving you the worst of headaches along the way or worse, ending up in the graveyard of story ideas never to see the light of day again? These are the Questions you must be able to answer: Who?What?When?Where?HOW?WHY? Why is how and why in all caps? Because they are the questions that will come up repeatedly as you map out the plot either in your head or on paper. When you come to a crossroads or a brick wall in your story, it’s usually one of these two questions that you need to answer…

  • Inspiration,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Plot Cards, World Building, & Talons…

    I’ve been reminded of a few things lately: write what you love, write what you know, and try new things. And I’ve been thinking, how can I do all 3 all the same time? First two yes, but all three! And I’ve realized last night that not only am I doing all 3, but I’m doing the very thing I’ve been trying to avoid for years: Writing YA and writing other-worldly fantasy. And I’m having a blast! Who knew. Magic is what I love, Fantasy is what I know, and the Other-World thing is very, very new.¬† I just didn’t think I had it in me. Every time I “went…