About Writing, Inspirational Musings

Emotions: A Writer’s Best Fuel

Feelings suck sometimes, especially the bad ones. They mess with your head, with your confidence, with your optimism. They can wreck havoc in as little as a few minutes, and if left unattended they will rain disappointment and frustration over your head like a cartoon cloud. They are also good, necessary, even if you hate… Continue reading Emotions: A Writer’s Best Fuel

About Writing, Outlining

The Dreadful Outline

It certainly has been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been struggling with keeping up on my posts, wanting to share thoughts, and not quite finding the time to do so. After receiving feedback from my beta readers a few months back, I locked myself inside a novel-editing-only mental room and I am barely emerging from… Continue reading The Dreadful Outline

About Publishing, About Writing

The Hermione Granger’s Beaded Handbag for Writers

First off I’d like to apologize. In my previous post, the one I ranted about Disneyland Zombies, I promised I would share (within the week) a reference sheet with all the writing tools I kept on hand while working on my manuscript. Well, it’s been way longer than that. The last month has been pure… Continue reading The Hermione Granger’s Beaded Handbag for Writers

About writing, About Writing, Inspirational Musings, T-minus

The Failure of Success

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier Success. Such an interesting word. I don’t know about you, but I personally have a love-hate relationship with that word. What is success anyway? At what point in our life can we consider ourselves successful? I’ve come across a… Continue reading The Failure of Success

About Life, About Writing, Inspirational Musings, T-minus

Time To Stick To Your Guns … or Pens

If I sat down to count how many times I’ve felt overwhelmed, discouraged, or altogether reluctant to continue pursuing a goal, I probably wouldn’t be able to count all of them. You probably wouldn’t either. Not because it never happens. Quite the contrary, it happens way too often to keep count. Sometimes it is our… Continue reading Time To Stick To Your Guns … or Pens

About Editing, About writing, About Writing, Character Development, T-minus

Deadlines, Skeletons, and Other Writing Maladies

So, it’s been roughly a week since my T-minus goal started (finishing my YA novel by December 31st). Granted, I’ve been working on the thing for about three years, so I’ve had quite a head start. But as you already know, I was tempted to drop the project when NaNoWriMo came along, which led me… Continue reading Deadlines, Skeletons, and Other Writing Maladies