Voices Change

In order to fully focus on NaNoWriMo 2022, I had to put aside a story I’d been working on haphazardly since May of the same year. It was a fun little story – one that could easily become a full book on its own, but also did well just to tell in snippets. This sortContinue reading “Voices Change”

Slow & Steady

In line with my New Year’s goals and plans to keep writing a part of my life throughout the year, I made the overdue move of renewing my library card. And in doing so, I came upon a book that talked about how to be a writer while also working a full time job. ThisContinue reading “Slow & Steady”

Sometimes a Step Back is the Right Direction

Only a short ten-ish months ago, I had multiple works in progress, I was active with social media, and I thought I was doing everything right as a would-be writer. Then it all went wrong, and I burned out on every avenue. It would take an entire spring, summer, and part of fall before IContinue reading “Sometimes a Step Back is the Right Direction”

Call it a Resolution, Call it a Plan

2022 was a year full of contradictions when it came to writing. There were fulfilling milestones – finishing a rough draft for the very first series I ever worked to publish, finding online communities to join, succeeding with my NaNoWriMo goals – and then there were just absolute clunkers. I went on a stretch ofContinue reading “Call it a Resolution, Call it a Plan”

When Secondary Characters Need to be Heard

I will freely, openly admit to having been in a rut for the last several weeks. It’s probably more accurate to say it’s going on months. I’ve been writing, it just hasn’t been the same. I still make a point to try and participate in at least one weekly writers chat on Twitter. But there’sContinue reading “When Secondary Characters Need to be Heard”

Writer’s Retreat – Part 1

Yesterday morning, while waiting for the coffee to kick in, I was skimming through my Pinterest feed when I came across a post detailing how to have a personal writer’s retreat. I read through it, enjoyed some of the suggestions, and then continued to scroll. As the coffee slowly started to fire up the synapses,Continue reading “Writer’s Retreat – Part 1”

A Non-Linear Turn

Writer’s block. The two most dreaded words a writer can hear, see, or even think about. But the fact of the matter is that it inevitably is going to hit almost everyone at some point or another. I currently have two WIPs, and both are characters that are developed in my mind, the plot isContinue reading “A Non-Linear Turn”

Waiting on a Song

One of the nice things about expanding my writing circle is learning that I am not alone in some of my crazier pre-writing rituals. From the world of Wattpad, I’ve stumbled upon multiple fellow writers who have an entire Playlist created just for their work in progress. Even NaNoWriMo has an option when creating aContinue reading “Waiting on a Song”

Jack of all Trades…Master of None?

When it comes to being a would-be writer, and even a self-published author, there is so much more besides simply writing the story. So, so much more. The longer I go with trying to fill all the roles of a self-published writer, I begin to wonder, is this making me a Jack of all tradesContinue reading “Jack of all Trades…Master of None?”

The Right to Write

So I’m struggling mightily with a conundrum today. Wattpad has changed the rules to their Open Novella Contest – which was something that I absolutely loved last year – to where any winning stories become the property of Wattpad, not the writer. This leads me to the great question of just where my principles drawContinue reading “The Right to Write”