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 … Continue reading How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero’s Journey
WHAT ARE CLASSICS? 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 … Continue reading Dining, Drinking, and Reading
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 … Continue reading Celestial Castles Beyond Our Own
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 … Continue reading The Barren Garden
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 … Continue reading I Kept Writing, and Got Rid of the Scary Red Text!
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
Just joined Medium.com, and this was my first post! You can read the entirety here. We see illiteracy as a negative thing because without being able to read, we lack the ability to effectively communicate ideas. But, ironically, our reliance on literacy has actually led to a degradation in our confidence to communicate through the … Continue reading Literacy: The Phenomenon that made us Culturally Inept
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij-900iDueg See Transcript Below: This is how ALL authors write a great book: They want to be a writer, always have, but they’ve never gotten their BIG BREAK. Suddenly, something dramatic happens in their lives, and it inspires the great story idea that’s always been just out of reach. In a moment of muse … Continue reading Stay Motivated when Writing…Write your WHOLE Novel in ONE NIGHT!
My new series on Writing! So excited for this debut video - I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I'll still be publishing the Disney series. One writing video a week, and one Disney Video every other week. If you want to see when I publish new videos, you can subscribe to my channel, … Continue reading It’s Not ORIGINAL – How to Write an Organic Story