Every creative art seems to rely on inspiration and the muse. However, the muse doesn't always strike, and burn out and a lack of inspiration are very real. They can cripple your writing. Thankfully, I haven't really had to struggle with burn out much. But I have in the past. One time I experienced a … Continue reading Ideas for When You Burn Out
This past April, I did Camp NaNoWriMo. If you've been around here, you'll know that before April, I was busy-ish with school and hadn't been really writing. When I decided to do Camp NaNo, I saw it as a way to help me get back into writing. Now, starting to write when you haven't been … Continue reading Don’t Settle in Your Writing Goals
If you've been around here lately, you probably already know that due to the current business of my life, I've haven't been writing lately. Words have not been going down on paper. However, I've been doing my best to keep myself in the writing mindset. I don't want to return to writing and then suddenly … Continue reading Keeping a Writing Mindset When You Can’t Actually Write
I am horrible at telling people about what I am writing. Like, literally horrible. And it doesn't matter who is asking me. It can be my family, a friend, or someone at a writer's conference. What I end up doing I when I am asked is typically mumble something about it being about a boy … Continue reading Why Writers Should Write Book Summaries
Confession Time!When I first started this website, I was horrible at consistent posting. Like, literally horrible. I was very sporadic, to say the least. Looking back, I can see two closely-related reasons for why wasn't very good at staying on top of my blogging. I hope that sharing these reasons and how to "fix" them … Continue reading Two Ways to Help Your Blogging Consistency
A while ago, I watched Night at the Museum. As I watched the movie, I realized that Teddy Roosevelt is a pretty good example of the Mentor arch-type.So, I would like to use Teddy Roosevelt to help show you what the Mentor character is. Mentor means an experienced and trusted adviser. And that is basically … Continue reading What is the Mentor?
In the secret world of writers, a word suddenly starts to float around, causing the new writers and curious, non-writer spies to wonder what this word, "NaNoWriMo", could possibly mean. Is it a time machine? A plan to take over the world? A new continent or planet? A secret mission? Some sort of dwarven word? … Continue reading What is NaNoWriMo? + Brief Thoughts on NaNoWriMo
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." (The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien) "Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves." (Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, Jonathan Auxier) "There was once a time when only God knew the … Continue reading The Opening Line
Reading while writing is important. After all, it is a way for us authors to learn and stay inspired. Reading while writing is also a very dangerous thing to do. Various things from the novels we read float around in our brain and lurk in our subconscious. They can come to the surface while writing. … Continue reading Reading+Writing= Caution
I'm starting a new book!!! Let me just say, nothing really compares with the thrill of starting a new novel except for finishing a book. It is so much fun to get to name characters and flesh them out, create new worlds, and develop a plot. Seriously, it is so much fun. You're probably wondering, … Continue reading New Project!