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”

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?”

How Many is Too Much?

First, just a quick note to say that while I set out a schedule for myself this year, I made it flexible for a reason. Sometimes our strongest critics as would-be writers are ourselves, and if we can’t make our own self-imposed goals, we can quickly descend into a feeling of failure. Even with myContinue reading “How Many is Too Much?”

Finding Inspiration from Others

At the beginning of the year, I set a plan to write more consistently. I also made sure to offer some flexibility in this schedule to avoid possible burn out. Flash forward a meager two weeks, and I was stuck staring at my computer screen today, wondering if two weeks in to the new yearContinue reading “Finding Inspiration from Others”

One Foot – or Chapter – at a Time

Last year, about this time, I ventured into the world of Wattpad and Booksie. Not really sure what I was getting into, I went about publishing chapters of stories that really didn’t fit an easy market. One was a little too short to be a fully novel, the other was a genre I’m not evenContinue reading “One Foot – or Chapter – at a Time”

The Inspiration to Self-Publish

As a would-be writer, there are two main things that inspire me to write. One is simple, the joy of writing. The other, a bit more complicated, and that is to feel the sense of accomplishment of having written something worth reading. Last night, my boyfriend and I watched Whisper of the Heart, a StudioContinue reading “The Inspiration to Self-Publish”

Inspiration for the New Year

Unfortunately for this would-be writer, I have a tendency to lose sight of the inspiration to write when I’m trying to do other projects. After formatting three books to self-publish eight years ago, I lost all touch with writing for years. I would still write, still compete in NaNoWriMo, but the in-between writing was missing.Continue reading “Inspiration for the New Year”

New Year – Same Resolution

Seeing the start of a New Year and so many resolutions made me stop to think if I was going to make any. That’s when I realized what I really needed to do as a would-be writer was to stick to the same resolutions as last year. Mainly, to stay focused on making writing anContinue reading “New Year – Same Resolution”