Writing

Three Ways to Use Adjectives

I’ve written several ‘How To’ articles before, and I mean to keep up the trend! I’ve written about sentence structure, descriptions, etc., and now, I’m tackling adjectives! How to write concise and direct descriptions Descriptions are only as good as the words that go into them. I’ve had it pointed out to me recently that I tend to write in triplets of adjectives, which I do because I enjoy the sound of it so much:… Read More »Three Ways to Use Adjectives

How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero's Journey

First, the Thrill At last, I have held a book I wrote in my hands! I have felt the thrill of completing, and perfecting, and publishing a book, and it is both a miracle and an agony! But then, all art is. When I published Halfbreeds three years ago, it was certainly exciting, but ultimately anti-climactic. There seemed little difference between when the book was on my computer and I could email it to someone,… Read More »How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero's Journey

Reaching for Book Heaven: Reading Beyond Our Comfort Level

Classics are the Best Books Ever Written Before we can really take control of our bookshelves, we must face the classics through the lens of reality instead of the prism of our fear, and to do that, we need to have an understanding of what classics are. CLASSICS ARE, by the simplest definition, the best written books of all time. That’s it. THEY ARE NOT condescending intellectuals sneering at the readers who do not understand… Read More »Reaching for Book Heaven: Reading Beyond Our Comfort Level

Fairy Tales: More Real than Real Life

Heralding a Distant Truth To write of fairy tales is, as J.R.R. Tolkien once asserted, “a rash adventure.” For fairy tales are enigmas, difficult to define and impossible to believe. And yet we believe them, because they are ultimately more real that real life. They offer us a glimpse of a distant, approaching reality that we cannot see. This is by far the most important aspect of the fairy tale. It is what makes it… Read More »Fairy Tales: More Real than Real Life

The Barren Garden

Where barren bones bring no life to straggling gardens, some seeds new and vibrant should be planted.But where do we find such soulful seedlings? Where should we plant our special plantlings?Plant and do not worry, for yesterday has passed away. Plant and rejoice, for tomorrow has a way of coming.Plants aplenty come and go, some regal and some low, but without today last years would be a myth. With today, tomorrow’s a gift.Rejoice and cry… Read More »The Barren Garden

Don’t Give Up – Write to the End

Last night, I skimmed through the 500 page word document of my novel manuscript, and stopped every time I encountered a block of red text. Those sections were notes I left myself about missing scenes in the narrative, and with dedication, I knocked each one out of the park! All my missing scenes are now written, and I officially have a finished, readable story from start to finish.Woo hoo!Those red sections were like scary warning… Read More »Don’t Give Up – Write to the End

Freaking out about Publishing

I had a total freak out moment yesterday! I all of a sudden got very terrified – not just about publishing my book, which is scary enough on its own – but about being a writer at all. I’ve heard about writers feeling like frauds, and for the first time, I really felt that!My mom talked me down from the emotional ledge, thankfully. She reminded me of the big picture: of the fact that I… Read More »Freaking out about Publishing

NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don't See it as a Failure

NANOWRIMO Fail Hey everyone, it’s been almost a week since you’ve heard from me, and I wanted to be honest about why that is, and why I haven’t been keeping up with my NaNoWriMo Challenge.As you may know, I chose not to pursue writing a novel this year – although I’ve done it the past two years. I just finished a novel, and wanted to pour my energies into editing and preparing it for publishing.… Read More »NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don't See it as a Failure

The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Now that I have enough of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy put together to send into the world for review, I’m getting germinal feedback. I love it! But it’s also terrifying.My sisters, who are geniuses with artwork, have already taken a stab at illustrating a couple characters, and my best friend Sophia has started marking up my first chapter. She says she’s being harsh, and I’m so grateful to her for that! I want the feedback… Read More »The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

The Fear of Taking the Next Step

I’ve been particularly struck lately by the power of creativity. The impact you could have on a person’s life by simply being brave and open to self-expression. I used to doubt that word: self-expression. It seemed fabricated, as if people were trying to force something out of themselves that wasn’t there to begin with. Or else were closing in on themselves, self-focusing, and thereby shutting out the world. And while that might be true sometimes,… Read More »The Fear of Taking the Next Step