• Reading,  Writing World

    Quest For A Great Read

    Earlier this month A.S. Akkalon wrote a post about the kind of book she loves to read, and therefore loves to write, and I decided to hijack that idea and have some fun analyzing what I want out of a book over here. ^_^ First and Foremost: A ride! Adventure! I want to finish a book and feel like I’ve stepped off a virtual roller coaster, that I’ve been swept away into a world and immersed in it to the a point where it feels so real that I want to live there, but I’m glad I don’t at the same time because it’s dangerous. 😀 Genre: I love all…

  • Quotes,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Buddies,  Writing Journey

    Writing Thoughts: Not Settling

    Why do you write? Seriously. Do you know why you write? There are people who write for entertainment. There are people who write to explore some kind of theme or message. Some writers want to go on an adventure. Me? I’m a very emotional writer. I’m not trying to “say” anything. I don’t make decisions based on things like “logic.” I had a writing friend point out last week that some people chase a “feeling” when they write. They want their stories to feel a certain way. Excuse me while I wax dramatic for a second, but I have never felt so understood in my life! It reminds me of this…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

    One of the nerd channels I follow on YouTube did a video last week talking about the Crimes of Grindelwald and how it fails according to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Writing a script for a movie, writing a book, and writing a graphic novel are all different mediums and require different storytelling styles, but some things are universal and can apply across the board. The 22 Rules of Storytelling are one of those universal things and can be a fun and quick way to discover your own storytelling weaknesses and figure out why an otherwise good movie or book left a weird metaphorical taste on your brain palate. Follow…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Writer Life: Pocket Worlds

    For a long time, I’ve tried to make sense of the stories in my head. What kind of world do they exist in? Are there shared worlds? And I’ve come to the realization that there’s a shared universe, with intersecting branches, but each book exists in it’s own, independent world. I think of it like a tree, with the tree being my brain, or at least the part of my brain dedicated to storytelling. Everything flows from a single source, the ground the roots are in, and up through the powerhouse of the trunk, but once we get to the branches, everything is on it’s own. So, a story in…

  • 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…