• Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    The Graveyard of Crap I Need To Rewrite

    Haha. I’ve come to conclusion that I am being haunted by old projects, so I’m going to talk about what is haunting me and my plan to remedy this situation. Anything that I wrote before 2007 is off the table. This isn’t to say that I’ll never rewrite any of those. I’m only saying that none of those projects are haunting me. Also off the table are any partially finished projects. Most of these are not far enough along to haunt me anyway, and I don’t really consider them to be “unfinished.” They’re more like “ideas-in-progress.” Unfinished to me means I left loose ends everywhere, and ideas-in-progress don’t have loose…

  • 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…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Settling On A New Project, Part Three

    Haha. 😀 Before I get into that though, I has a poetry book cover!! Reveal is next week!! ^_^ Okay. Last year, I quite dramatically on exactly two occasions (officially) ranted about how hard it was for me to settle on a project. Quick Overview: I tried using a couple of different apps to randomly pick an idea for me. I drew random ideas out of a pile. I asked multiple people for help narrowing things down or to choose for me. Ultimately, I ended up not writing at all or even trying for several months because I was just plum exhausted. Speaking of plums, does anyone know when they’re…