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

    Changing Projects For The 900th Time :D

    Hi! (waves) So, I wanted to talk about why I changed projects. Again. For the 900th time. 😀 Exciting things happen in the “Phantom Silence” project, and I could make myself write it, but I don’t like “making” myself write, especially since I don’t have to. I wanted to write, so that wasn’t the problem. I was just all kinds of unmotivated, and nothing was helping. Every time I opened my project, I was bored, so I was like, “why don’t I just have a dead body show up?” But it’s like, the story doesn’t need a dead body. I actually had a dead body in my mental outline. But…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    New Project Talk: Experimenting Edition

    If you’ve been around The Narcissistic Rose Café for a while, you know how much I love experimenting!! I like to tag entries like this with a “closet mad scientist” moniker. 😀 I have a number of projects in the plot bunny field that are straight up experiments. Before I can get to them without freaking myself out, however, I have to first write a book that has some familiar elements mixed with less familiar elements. A kind of a bridge, let’s say. Like, before I could write something like WINTER’S SIREN, I had to get my writing back on track with NO REST FOR THE WICKED, because I was…

  • Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Past Project Problems

    Earlier this year, I was juggling a couple of projects. While there aren’t any real issues with Project Pinewood Falls, other than me not quite being in the mood for it right now, I can’t say the same for Project Puppet Box. I don’t have plot problems, per se, but since my plots tend to stem directly from my characters, and I’m having main character problems, specifically, I have no confidence in the plot as a result. It doesn’t “feel right” for lack of a better explanation, and since I got out of the forcing crap business, I have no choice but to keep setting it aside. And speaking of…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Weird Writer Stuff: Psychology Edition

    A couple of weeks ago, I was analyzing my writing habits, haha, and came to the conclusion that I have a lot of strange habits. I noticed, for example, and quite easily so, that I have a tendency to run away from projects a lot. And I honestly have no idea why I do this other than a general “I just don’t want to.” It’s not because the start of a book is daunting, because sure, it is, but I do this all the time. Regardless, I did wonder for a bit if there was something specific in my writing past that causes me to run away from stuff so…

  • Characters,  Facts of Life,  Ideas,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Where Characters Come From

    One day I was telling my brother how sorry I felt for a rather unfortunate-looking character in WINTER’S SIREN. And my brother was like, “You made her that way.” And I quickly responded, “She came to me that way.” And that’s true for everyone I write about these days. If the characters don’t come to me with a story, than I’m just grasping at air. And if I’m grasping at air…well, I stop. Whenever I get a new idea, people just start showing up. Sure, we can make an argument for them already being in my head somewhere, made up of different parts of things that I’ve stumbled across over…