• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Happy Dance,  Mechanics,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Brainstorming Pit

    So…I think I’ve been brainstorming this current story for about a month. I’m finally through one workbook, and then thanks to Masterclass I have another, which I’m about halfway through at this point. For a while there, I felt like I would never actually start drafting. I still haven’t, and I haven’t started my “official” notebook yet either. I don’t have to organize it before I start writing, but I want to. It makes for a smoother start. Right now, I have 55 pages of notes from going through Story Genius and the workbook I wanted to try, which is an author-created Preptober Workbook, for the record. These 55 pages…

  • Story Graveyard,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    In-Depth “Failure” Analysis

    The latest edition to the Story Graveyard is indeed my 2019 NaNoWriMo project, also known as my third and final attempt at rewriting “The Puppet Box.” I said I would try “one more time.” I did. I’ve already mentioned that I’m doing nothing with it because I don’t want to do anything with it, but I want to talk a bit about why I think it fell on its face. Learn from the experience. ^_^ Reason One: I couldn’t figure out what MC Riley wanted past her surface wants, which made motivating her to do anything extremely difficult, because what she wanted was for things to stay the same. That’s…

  • Books,  NaNoWriMo,  Reading,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    November Reads & Final NaNoWriMo Tally

    Hiya! Obviously, I didn’t get much reading done this month because of NaNoWriMo, which is totally okay, because as of this posting, I only have two books left to read for the year to meet my goal, and I’m sure I can manage that. 😀 I’m honestly surprised I got anything read this month. When I wasn’t writing or working or forcing myself to go to bed at a decent hour, I was binging Gotham on Netflix. ^_^ 57: Manga Classics: Dracula Author: Bram Stoker, Adapted by: Stacy King, Illustrated by: Virginia Nitouhei Genre: Manga, Horror Rating: 5 stars Reviewed: Yes So satisfying!! I hadn’t read this in so long,…

  • Happy Dance,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress

    NaNoWriMo Update!

    GUYS!! ^_^ Things are still going well! Things are actually going well! I can hardly believe it. 😀 Current word count: 33,896 I’m expecting the first draft to end up on the shorter side, maybe around 60k, but we’ll see. I have a “finished” mini outline. I say “finished” because I thought it was finished last time, and then I realized that I had three Mondays in a row, and well, that doesn’t happen in real life outside of a metaphorical sense. And also, I had to rearrange things because there was a minor change in the story, of course. I can’t wait to be in editing mode. This is…