• Mini Rants,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Stop Telling Me I Need A Critique Partner!!

    Okay. I’m going to be completely honest. I get really irritated when I read writing advice and one of the bullet points is that having a critique partner is a MUST. Everyone is different. You would think that goes without saying because it applies to everything! Unfortunately, people are stupid. They think they way THEY do things, is the ONLY WAY to do things! They think because SOME people need critique partners, it means EVERYONE needs critique partners. Does having feedback when you’re new to writing novels help? OF COURSE IT DOES! Is it a necessity? HELL NO! Look, I love the idea of having a critique partner. But I…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Mini Rants,  Writing World

    On Deal Breakers

    I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to books. I have a large range of interest, and a high tolerance for crappy intros. This is not to say I don’t ever stop reading something and never come back to it. And this isn’t to say that I like everything I read. But it’s pretty hard to turn me off so much that I just flat out can’t even force myself through it. I may have mentioned a few times that back in the day I had a 10% rule. I spent a lot of time at the library¬†and in bookstores so if the book was 300 pages long, it…

  • Mini Rants,  Writing World

    Ranty-Rant-Rant

    Can I just say that every single writer is different? I mean yeah, we have wonderfully rat packy stuff in common with each other. But every single little thing that’s best for one writer…well, you know how the rest of this sentence goes. Let’s throw down some examples, cause I love them. ^_^ FOR EXAMPLE…not all first drafts are crap. –Some¬†are. If you have one, it’s okay. If you don’t, it’s actually okay to admit this and stop hunting for horribly grievous problems when there aren’t any! It’s okay use a thesaurus. -I read somewhere once that if you don’t know the word you’re looking for, you need to stop…

  • Mini Rants,  Writing World

    Screw the Rules!!

    First and foremost: THERE ARE NO RULES IN WRITING! There are only grammar and spelling rules. And frankly, that is for the benefit of the reader. After all, I don’t know anyone who actually likes to get a headache trying to figure out what something says. For the longest, longest time, I was the only writer I knew. Sure I had the odd frenemy in middle school who also wrote stories and a couple of awesome poet friends. But it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I met another aspiring novelist! Needless to say, we became insta-acquaintances, because I was also the only wannabe writer she knew.…

  • Mini Rants,  Writing World

    My Beta Is On Vacation…

    When we first start writing, feedback, guidance, and advice are essential. After all, how else would we know what we’re doing wrong? Because it’s quite normal to write our first books and think they’re awesome because we’re high on the excitement of having finished a book. And come on, it’s a big deal! It’s only later, when the high has worn off, that all the suck becomes glaringly and disappointingly clear. Because the first draft is only half the battle. As you truck along, however, it’s normal to need less and less guidance and advice. But that doesn’t mean you stop getting feedback altogether. Even if you think you got…