March Novel Update

I don’t want to overwhelm people with stuff about me when it seems like not a lot is happening, but a novel update (and information other projects) once a month isn’t too bad, right? Here we go! The blog I’ve been making a few slow changes around here! My big project is updating old posts […]

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Coming up with your story’s theme

Theme is another one of those tricky high school literature subjects. Some writers will tell you there’s no such thing as theme in a good story, that it’s something teachers assign students as busywork. Or they’ll say that if you try to write a story around a theme, it becomes forced and preachy. And sometimes […]

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Drafting for pantsers

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you probably know I’m not one for planning before I write the first draft of a story. I’ve tried it, and I just never stick to the plan. It’s a waste of time for me. I prefer diving right into a story and dealing with problems as […]

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How can characters show affection?

Let’s talk about love. I don’t want to limit today’s post to romantic love, but it’s definitely part of this conversation. When you’re writing, even if you’re not writing romance, odds are good that your characters will form relationships with other characters and you’ll want to work in little ways they can show affection for […]

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February Update

Wow! We’re already a month into 2021, and what a year it’s been so far. Here’s a little update on how some of my projects are going. The Novel Update I’m really still in a brainstorming phase here. Part of that is because I still haven’t found a writing software I really love. I might […]

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White Room Syndrome

Not too long ago, I shared some basic details about micro worlds with you. Today I want to talk about what happens when you don’t spend enough time developing your micro worlds. White room syndrome is a struggle for me because I have aphantasia, and I can’t visualize anything. The tips I’m sharing today are […]

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Trying New Writing Software

Ever since I finished my rough draft, I’ve been working on organizing my thoughts and figuring out exactly what I want this book to say. Unfortunately, my writing software–an ancient version of Microsoft Word–isn’t cooperating very well. There’s a lot going on in my story, at least to me. I have a huge world, and […]

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A look at micro worlds

I wrote about worldbuilding back in November, and today I’d like to get a little more specific. Let’s talk about an aspect of worldbuilding that’s easy to overlook: micro worlds. It’s entirely possible that there’s a better name for this. Micro worlds just works for me. What are micro worlds? Your macro world is the […]

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Trust Your Reader

I seem to be on a roll with old writing rules lately. Trust your reader goes along with classics like “show, don’t tell,” “write what you know,” and “kill your darlings.” Most of these old school rules come from a good place, but they’re often misinterpreted or poorly explained. Today’s post was inspired by a […]

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Looking Back on 2020

I started this website on January 1, 2020, with the intention of having a fully polished, ready-to-publish novel by the end of the year. The last few years of my life had been pretty eventful (mostly in bad ways), and I wanted to challenge myself with something that would have positive results if I stuck […]

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