Something I discovered about how I write is that I find it hard to trust myself. That is, it’s hard to trust both my future self and my past self. I think I outline so much because I am scared that my future self will be some kind of uncreative zombie and I have to … Continue reading Trusting the future self
I read a quote somewhere a few years ago, (I searched but can't remember where...maybe a Librarian can help me find it someday), that said something along the lines of "We need libraries less than ever before, but we need librarians more than we ever did before." As I'm delving into the crazy world of … Continue reading We need librarians more than ever
I've been asked recently about my method of writing by a few beginning novelists. Instead of scrambling to answer them with verbal pointers they won't remember, here's a run down of what I've discovered works for me.* They're a far cry from Rita Skeeter's magic quill, but hopefully these will make your life easier. … Continue reading Writing Methods
Used with permission from Debbi Ridpath Ohi at inky girl.com.Growing up, my church had a 4-day program meant to train future missionaries. Called Niko, it was a survivalist-type program meant to stretch and challenge every area of one's life: spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and interpersonal. It was held every month from April to October and … Continue reading Every NaNo is different (10 things I learned in 2013)
When I was little, my older brother got a set of Cray-Pas oil pastels. We were both very excited. I watched as he created a few drawings. I asked if I could draw with them, but he said I had to decide what I was going to draw first. I got frustrated. I knew I … Continue reading But what will you draw?
You know what it is. (If you don't, click here.) I won't bore you with details, but just wanted to let you know that I will be writing like crazy in November. If blog posts are light, dishes are piled in the sink, and dirty laundry strewn across the floor, it's because I'm madly trying … Continue reading The obligatory NaNoWriMo post
It's been almost a month since I posted, but I have a good reason: I've been writing a novel. In one month. Or at least trying to. Thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo, I've been writing a lot this past month. There are still 4 days to do and I have written almost 70,000 words. (At … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo Ate My Blog
After many drafts, I'm daring to call my book finished. It's been sent off to my beta readers for advice, and then I'll start going on submission with it. It's all very exciting! Actually, it's not ALL very exciting. I feel a sense of loss now that the project is "over". I mean, I'll always … Continue reading I finished writing my book!
This is my favorite time of year because there are so many holidays coming up. I love celebrating all of the following in order: Halloween, NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, with Valentine's Day around the corner. Oh, you don't recognize NaNoWriMo? It's... That's right. This is when all us novelists go crazy. We work … Continue reading What comes after Halloween?