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

    The Benefits of Creative Partners in Crime

    Without fail, every time I talk about a project with someone, I am ALWAYS helped by it. Last weekend, I was exchanging some emails with a long time highly creative friend of mine (who of course lives on the other side of the country), and as I was typing out a response, I realized that there was a MAJOR (like embarrassingly huge) plot hole in “Phantom Silence.” One of those holes that’s like so big, I can’t believe I didn’t trip over it and break something. THIS is why writing buddies (or even just anyone you can talk back and forth with about your projects) are so important. I had…

  • Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #7 (August)

    Is it just me or is August one of the longest months of the year? Last report wordcount + chapter count: I had finished my edits and revisions for “Discord” and started doing some planning and note taking for “Whisper.” Current report WC + CC: Finished my Baby Outline for “Whisper” (though the ending is a hideous mess right now) and got some words down: 6801 words, Chapter 3 ^_^ Also, doubling up for the first time ever! 10 chapters through the outline and 11,013 words, Chapter 7 for Phantom Silence (yep, the one I said wasn’t ready at the end of last month was literally ready a week later!) Also,…

  • Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Ready…Set…???

    I wonder sometimes how I know when a story is ready to write. How can I tell when it’s time to pick up the metaphorical pen and start drafting? How do I know I picked the right idea?! In a nutshell, I ask my gut. So, whenever I’m planning a new story idea, there’s always this moment where I freak out. I think, “Something’s missing.” or “I can’t do this.” or “What if this story is really stupid.” If my gut agrees with me, then I have to go back to the plot bunny pit and wrestle the idea back into the crockpot to bake some more. Or sometimes just…

  • Excerpt,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #6 (July)

    Oh my gosh, check-in time came around so fast this time! Last report wordcount + chapter count: 7 chapters into the second round of editing. Also, jotting down notes for a companion story to “Discord.” ^_^ Current report WC + CC: Editing & Revisions are done!! Also, I’m continuing to compile notes for said sequel(s) as they come up, but for now my focus is on planning my next project, a supernatural YA horror with the working title “Whisper.” And by planning I mean rewriting several pages of character notes. I picked new names for most people because that was one of the problems I had when I tried to write this back…