Life, Updates, Writing Process

Emotional Writing

I took some time for the U.S. holiday (Labor Day), but I'll still post this week. I wanted to touch on something I'm really working on, which is emotional writing. I've always had a huge issue pulling on the heartstrings of others in my writing, or at least that's how I've felt. Things that should… Continue reading Emotional Writing

Life, Updates, Writing Process

When things slow down, the critic gets louder.

I've had a very slow writing week. That tends to happen after big surges. That tends to happen after I hit chapter 7, to be completely honest with myself. There's always a point in my writing where the new idea stops being new, the excitement wears off, and now I'm left to grind through the… Continue reading When things slow down, the critic gets louder.

Updates, Work-in-Progress, Writing Process

I’ve hit a milestone! Let’s celebrate!

I hit 20,000 words! The average YA/romance novel is between 50,000 to 80,000 words. Using 80,000 as my goal, that's about 1/4 of the way through the book! Woooo! I'm a big believer in celebrating wins, even if they feel small. This belief stems from my very bad tendency to...not do that at all and… Continue reading I’ve hit a milestone! Let’s celebrate!

Life, Updates, Writing Process

Can I keep writing through burnout? Should I?

My emotions have been all over the place this past week. This could be attributed to many different things, but I think the main one is burnout. I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to the stressors of day jobs and creative work on the side. Working all day to come home to creative… Continue reading Can I keep writing through burnout? Should I?

Updates, Work-in-Progress, Writing Process

A Reformed Pantser’s Plotting Method

If you do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you know what "pantser" means. It's basically a term made up to describe writers that go in with absolutely no plan and fly by the seat of their pants. Hence, "pants-ers." I used to write this way. I hated outlines. Mostly because every English teacher from middle… Continue reading A Reformed Pantser’s Plotting Method