• Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Let’s Talk About Being A Miserable Writer

    All right. I’ve tried four times now to write this post without it being super long, so let’s try a different approach. 😀 For starters, I changed projects and signed it up for NaNoWriMo. I’m not typically a fast starter, so this might not go well, but I’m doing a rewrite, like a complete, from scratch, rewrite so maybe that will help? I signed up with this project in 2015, but didn’t end up participating because I couldn’t get myself together. I’m 100% ready to start this time, but we’ll see. For the official record: working name of the project is “The Inescapable.” Version one was written early 2016, and…

  • Facts of Life,  Fun,  Indie Author Life

    Random Writing Thoughts

    Hello! ^_^ In my entire life, I have never failed to finish a project I wanted to finish. Never. In my life. And it’s probably because I sometimes force myself to sit down and write. If I’m on the “right” project I don’t have to force the writing, but I often have to force myself to sit down and do it, or it just doesn’t get done. Part of how I keep up with things is with a planner. Sometimes, having a long to-do list stresses me out, until I remember that it’s self-imposed, and I don’t actually have to do any of it. But I’ve been going back and…

  • 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…

  • Books,  Indie Author Life,  Interviews,  Motivation,  Writing World

    Author Interview: Kristen Martin!

    Hey Guys! Today I have an interview with author Kristen Martin on the blog today. A little bit about Kristen: She lives in Southeast Texas, and she’s the author of THE ALPHA DRIVE Trilogy (YA Dystopian) and the forthcoming SHADOW CROWN Series (YA Dark Fantasy). Information on where to find her on social media and where to find her books are linked below. She also has a YouTube Channel where she talks about writing and publishing and life. What inspired you to start your YouTube channel? KRISTEN: When I decided I was going to get serious about finishing my novel in 2014, I, like every other writer, had certain questions…

  • Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    All the Times I Quit: Storytime

    Also known as “the art of feeling really bad about your writing self.” In honor of Insecure Writers Support Group day, I’m going to post about my confidence issues. I don’t officially participate in the hop, but I happen to want to talk about my writer insecurity today. Also, the question this month asked if you ever said “I Quit” and what made you come back to writing. That’s a soapbox for me, and funny enough, I also wanted to talk about that. The main reason is because I need the pep talk. I feel like the first 20k words of “The Puppet Box” are trash, and while I know that…