• Ideas,  Inspiration,  Writing World

    Stories Based On Dreams Based On Stories

    Ever write a story based on a dream you had? I tried a time or two. Once I had a dream that I was a mermaid who came on land after my human mother was kidnapped by some dudes and held for ransom. Sounds pretty awesome right? 😐 Lol! I got one chapter in and gave up. It made zero sense. Why did they kidnap her? And how the crap am I a mermaid if BOTH of my parents are human? Yeah, they were BOTH human. My dreams make so much sense. Another time I tried to incorporate a couple of dreams into a story about past lives. I realized…

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    Writing Anniversaries & Official Blurb Unveiling

    July is anniversary month at The Narcissistic Rose Café for two reasons: One: It’s the month designated for celebrating my first completed novel – not because it’s the actual month I finished – I actually have no idea when that was – but I remember working on it the summer of 1996, and I know it was finished by the end of winter, because by then, I was working on novel attempt #2, which I not only didn’t finished but also ripped to shreds and then lost. 😀 Two: It’s the blog’s 6th birthday. My first post was on July 21, 2012. Happy Blog-oversary! 🙂 During anniversary month, I like…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    How To Fix Your Story When It Sucks

    A good writing friend suggested over the weekend that I write a post about how to fix a story that sucks. She probably didn’t mean for me to actually write a post about it, but I do have some thoughts on the topic. 😉 It is a fact that I’m currently brainstorming a story that I tried to write a few years ago. Whether the story actually sucked or not doesn’t matter. You have to spend more time with the story than anyone. If you think it’s trash, there’s clearly something wrong. And I’ll be honest with you – it doesn’t matter what’s wrong. Because that isn’t the problem. The problem…

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

    A Cup of Duology Tea

    Okay. I’m just going to say it. I kind of sort of have a sequel idea for NO REST FOR THE WICKED. I mean like, I had a concept a year ago, but like, no plot. Now, I kind of sort of have a plot. It’s not like a fully developed “I’m DYING to write this” kind of plot. More like a, “hey, look at that shiny thing over there,” kind of plot. I think what happened is that I’ve come to conclusion that in order to properly tell a certain story idea I have, I must write a historical setting for an entire novel. I’ve just had a lot…

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    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…