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 … Continue reading Freaking out about Publishing
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 … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – My Failed Week – And Why I Don’t See it as a Failure
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 … Continue reading The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel
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 … Continue reading The Fear of Taking the Next Step
As I've been editing the final draft of my latest novel, Trinian - An Epic Fantasy, the editing process affects the way that I watch and read other stories. What I mean is, as I edit and pay attention to character development, all I notice when I watch a movie is the character development. And … Continue reading The Art of an Artist – To Ever Improve!
A paragraph with sentences that vary in length is far more powerful than sentences of all the same length. For example, Short: I watched him leave. The pain of his loss squeezed my heart. It burned my skin. I wanted him back. But my pride rooted me to the floor. I was too weak. I … Continue reading How to Increase Drama by Lengthening Sentences
You know, I get a little too caught up sometimes in dissecting books and trying to figure them out from the inside out, piece by piece. But it’s also important to look at them as a whole. Because even if all the pieces are perfect, that doesn’t mean the whole has turned out great. It’s … Continue reading 8 Questions to Ask of the Best Authors