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

    Writing & Marketing & Overwhelm

    Last week, I had no less than 75 tabs open across all of my devices. It might go without saying, but I was past the point where this was stressing me out. You might be wondering what all these tabs were. A few were things like my WordPress feed that I leave open every day or tabs I didn’t need open anymore and just forgot to close. Most were publishing and marketing articles, and honestly, the vast majority of them were not even helpful. To minimize future stress, the number of tabs allowed open on my computer going forward is 15, and the max on my mobile devices is 7.…

  • Facts of Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    The Ever Evolving Writing Process

    As with most writers, I have certain things that I like to do at different points in the writing process. That said, I’m not married to any of it. In fact, I may not even have a process. I take it story by story, because every story is different. They develop at different paces, and some are heavily externally inspired while some are almost entirely internally inspired. I guess you could say, I like to go with the flow. ^_^ This makes sense, because outside of writing, I’m rather resistant to going with the flow. LOL! In fact, do you want to hear something really gross? I already have a…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    On Shaking Things Up

    Last November, a pep talk came along from the writer of the Divergent series, Veronica Roth. You can read it here. It was about shaking things up. One thing in particular that stuck out to me was when she said, “Let go your process. Let go of stressing out about your process. Let go of finding your process. Let go of all of it.” She said some other things about stop trying to be perfect. And then she closed with this: “Don’t be a plotter or a pantser, a strict butt-in-chair person or an exercise-doer, a beginning-to-end-er or a time jumper—don’t be anything other than whatever you need to be…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Tips,  Writing World

    Outlining 101

    Outlining can sound SO scary sometimes! After all, we know how long it takes us to write a book and what it all entails. It can be super intimidating jotting down all the plot points beforehand. We don’t always know where the story is going sometimes, and we don’t want to force it. But my theory has always been, the story is already in our heads. We’re writing to get it out so we don’t go crazy. Outlining doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. I’m going to list some ways you can outline, from the baby outlines to the ones you can finish in an hour to the longer,…