• Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Overanalyzing My Writing Process

    Hi. ­čÖé I’ve been thinking. Hahaha. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about my writing process and how to improve it. When I think about the stories that I love the most, the ones I’ve written, they have a couple of interesting things in common. First, I didn’t overthink the minor details. Or the plot. Or even character arcs. I had the main things in place. The main characters, the main plot, the beginning and ending, and some points along the way. I had moments of doubt, of course, that I conveniently and unfortunately keep forgetting about. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t think too much about what I…

  • Anniversary,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    This Year’s Blogoversay Post

    It’s anniversary month here at The Narcissistic Rose! Not only is my blog 7 years old!! But I also tag July as the month I finished my very first novel. I don’t actually remember when I finished this book, and I didn’t bother to put a date anywhere in it, but July is the official month for simplicity’s sake. So when it comes around, I like to celebrate! Last year, unbeknownst to the general public, I wrote FIVE different anniversary posts before settling on the one I posted in which I did a blurb reveal for HOUSE OF FALLING EMBERS. Truth be told, I was in a BAD mood this…

  • 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…

  • Books,  Characters,  Fun,  Inside Information

    Character Profiles: Winter’s Siren

    WINTER’S SIREN is now available on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber. For fun, I’m going to do some character profiles for some of the main players: Fawn & Devi and Viktor & Andrew ­čÖé First Name: Fawn Last Name: Unknown Age: 22 Birthplace:┬áBolivia, South America Location of “Adoption”:┬áVenezuela, South America Hobby: Daydreaming but not the fluffy cloud kind of daydreaming Occupation:┬áPrima Donna of a secluded opera house Fears: Birds, large and small Random Fact: Was abandoned because her mom didn’t think she could afford to raise her First Name: Devi Last Name: Stron-Formes Age: 21 Birthplace: Montana, USA – Smoky Mountain Region Education: Personal Tutor Hobbies: Reading fairy tales…

  • Announcements,  Books,  Creative Writing 101,  Indie Author Life,  Mechanics,  Novels,  Writing Journey

    Writing Multiple Point of Views + Winter’s Siren Release Day!

    Given how WINTER’S SIREN (out today!!) has two POVs, I’ve been thinking about how dual POV stories differ from single and other multiple POV stories. In 2011, I was working on a story that had four POVs and for some reason I thought a fifth POV was a good idea for two scenes. Ugh. Old me. HAHA. Anywho, two of the POVs took place in the past – everything was supposed to connect later in book two (again, ugh, old me!) – but I ended every one of those past POVs on a cliffhanger. Namely because I was breaking a complete story up into pieces. It would have been much…