• Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    Writing Thoughts: Not Settling

    Why do you write? Seriously. Do you know why you write? There are people who write for entertainment. There are people who write to explore some kind of theme or message. Some writers want to go on an adventure. Me? I’m a very emotional writer. I’m not trying to “say” anything. I don’t make decisions based on things like “logic.” I had a writing friend point out last week that some people chase a “feeling” when they write. They want their stories to feel a certain way. Excuse me while I wax dramatic for a second, but I have never felt so understood in my life! It┬áreminds me of this…

  • Facts of Life,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Green-Eyed Writing Monster

    Without getting into too much detail, for brevity’s sake, I recently read a couple of things that had me wanting to quit writing. In full disclosure, I am totally fine. But I had a moment, so let’s talk about it. ^_^ So, I was reading, and I suddenly started thinking: Gah, why is everyone better than me? Like any sane person, I talk to myself. And Me and I had a conversation about why I was in danger of falling into a ditch, and I had to ask myself if part of the reason could be because I was jealous. I wasn’t jealous of anything that’s particularly difficult to do.…

  • 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…

  • Facts of Life,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Lochness Monster, Writing Confidence, and Other Things That Don’t Exist

    So, I follow a writer who apparently is doing so well with her writing that she can afford a second home in Scotland. All these books published. So much experience. And yet, not a week goes by, it seems, where she doesn’t complain about how hard it is to write a book. Some people look up to her and think: Oh wow. Insecurity NEVER GOES AWAY! How effing refreshing that a successful writer still feels awful about her writing. That makes me feel so the total opposite of alone! Yay! Me? I look at her and think: Really? You’re still having problems? Why do I even bother then? Not to…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Perfectionism Is The Path To Ruin

    I wasn’t going to post again this week, but over the weekend, I saw a post in one of my Facebook writing groups and wanted to talk about it. In the post, a writer was lamenting about all the four star reviews their book was getting. Upon further investigation, not only did this author have several reviews, very few of them were less than five stars. After lamenting, they proceeded to ask for advice on how they could become a better writer and write a book so good it will only get five stars from everyone who reads it. They were so upset about it that they were close to…