So You Haven’t Been Writing

Confession: I haven’t been writing everyday. I haven’t been showing up. I haven’t been sitting at my desk or in a café or in my window seat at Barnes & Noble. My laptop has been dead for days. I literally had to dig my backpack out from under laundry and empty candle packages. Honestly, myContinue reading “So You Haven’t Been Writing”

5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo

  I’ve embarked on a new WIP for Camp Nanowrimo 2019. Every time I think about this new one, I’m not sure I understand it yet. Which is part of the fun, because first drafts are for mistakes and too much dialogue and too little description and INSERT CHARACTER NAME HERE moments and plot holesContinue reading “5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo”

Each WIP Requires Something Different

  It’s Day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m once again at Barnes & Noble. When you live outside of the city, there aren’t very many small cafes to escape to. So, I always end up at the same place, at the window seat, where the view isn’t more than the parking lot and treesContinue reading “Each WIP Requires Something Different”

Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)

So, it’s been a minute. I know, really, it’s been a lot of them. But I’m forever learning that life doesn’t always go the way you plan. Things most certainly don’t unfold in the dramatic scenes you play in your head, and, unfortunately, there’s a lot of disappointment down the road. Not to be cheesy,Continue reading “Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)”

When Writing Feels Like a Competition

First off, I finally finished Draft(s) Three and Four of my novel. The fourth one was just to fix a small plot thing that I had found while writing Draft Three and couldn’t resist fixing before I sent it out to my readers this time around. It feels like a weight has been lifted offContinue reading “When Writing Feels Like a Competition”

Fighting the Draft Slumps

The (first) (second) third (fourth) (fifth) draft slump is real, y’all. I tend to be a pretty slow drafter, but that’s because I like my first drafts to be as full as possible, not just snippets of scenes or bits of dialogue. A lot of my writer friends word vomit whatever’s on their mind andContinue reading “Fighting the Draft Slumps”