• 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…

  • 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,  Motivation,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Brick Walls & Writer’s Blockage

    Mileage varies on what it takes to get a story from conception to the end. Some people need to plot for weeks and weeks and others can start running right out of the gate. Some people, like myself, are consistently inconsistent, but it largely takes me a year or two to have something ready to go. This isn’t problematic as I have dozens of stories in various stages in my head. I’m never going to not have anything to poke at, you know. Unless I just wake up one day and flush everything. Regardless of how your brain works, it will sometimes freeze up completely. You’ll have a new idea,…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    Distraction Track

    You know those creepy girls in Lifetime movies that stalk a guy they slept with once and then kill him? That’s me. Minus, the stalking and slaying and sleeping around. It just so happens, that every so often, I get super fixated on things. And lately, it appears that I’ve gotten quite obsessive about some things that I have never cared about in my life. I’m not talking about the time I spent an hour picking out brown eye shadow at Ulta? I left with 7 shades of the same freaking color! But I have a long history with brown eye shadow. 😀 No, I’m talking about stuff I really…