• Facts of Life,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Writing Playlists & Such Things

    Once upon a time, five years ago, I made a story playlist for the first time. It contained a whopping total of 7 songs, and I was obsessed with all of them. After that, I made playlists for every working project! They helped me focus, and I figured out how to add songs that helped me envision scenes and characters and songs that evoked emotions. But then, in 2017, I ended up with a playlist of 36 songs, and they haven’t done anything for me since. I think the reasoning for this is twofold. For one, they weren’t actually helping me with the story to begin with. When I look…

  • 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…

  • Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Let’s Talk About Being A Miserable Writer

    All right. I’ve tried four times now to write this post without it being super long, so let’s try a different approach. 😀 For starters, I changed projects and signed it up for NaNoWriMo. I’m not typically a fast starter, so this might not go well, but I’m doing a rewrite, like a complete, from scratch, rewrite so maybe that will help? I signed up with this project in 2015, but didn’t end up participating because I couldn’t get myself together. I’m 100% ready to start this time, but we’ll see. For the official record: working name of the project is “The Inescapable.” Version one was written early 2016, and…

  • Facts of Life,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Current Project Writing Update

    Guys, I tried to change projects again. Hear me out! Lol! Basically what happened is that I was just having a hard time. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the problem isn’t that I sit down to write and can’t get any words to come. The problem is that I don’t sit down to write in the first place. The whole reason I’m having to rewrite this story in first place is because I got scared and wrecked last time. So imagine my surprise when I sit down to rewrite it and I’m scared again. Who knew I’d have to deal with some of the same issues I faced…

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

    NaNoWriMo Talk

    Is anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year? National Novel Writing Month comes with a lot of excitement and pep talks and activities, and it makes for great writing fuel, but I haven’t gotten the timing right in years. Before I get into that, though, quick writing update since it’s kind of relevant, I’m still working on the same story I was working on last time I talked about writing. The working title is still “Winter” and it just so happens to be a rewrite of the story I wrote for NaNo 2013. I’ve only done NaNo proper a handful of times. I signed up in 2011 and somehow forgot to participate.…