I see comments from different authors, some asking “How do you know what your character would do?” and others saying, “It’s your character, you tell them what to do.” I admit to having a good chuckle at those who believe they control every aspect of their story. I don’t know many who’re published who don’t… Read More Writing Wednesday: Coffee with Characters
Yes, I’ve finally reached the point of using an abbreviation. Half-Life of a Soul is too much to type all at once, especially when titling documents or discussing it in chat. So, HLOAS it is! Lauren is finally aware that her granddaughter, Dani, is a lesbian. It’s not a problem for her, except the part… Read More Freeform Friday: Update on HLOAS
I have discovered a thing about how I write. Now, if I can just remember it I think I can make use of it. I can’t write the story AND the emotions at the same time. I keep getting stuck and I couldn’t figure out why. I’d be rolling along until there was an emotion,… Read More Writing Wednesday: Getting the emotions down
Yes, there are grammar rules. We need to use those because they make our reading something others can understand. That’s part of communication. I always see posts that position things to writers as absolute gospel. The “do this or you’re not a writer” type of posts. Or worse, the ones looking down on those who… Read More Writing Wednesday: The rule is, there are no rules.
I’ve found that it’s common among writers to have random lines pop into our heads at any time of the day or night. It’s just as common, and I’m also guilty of it, to think, “That’s wonderful, I really like that.” Then, the thought vanishes back into the mist. I started a practice a few… Read More Writing Wednesday: Keep the random lines
I never dreamed I’d be a plotter. The very idea of an outline made my head hurt and erased the desire to write a single word. Now… now I am a plotter. At least for Half-Life of a Soul.
(Please note, the image for this post will be me in a relatively short time.) Well, another week has flown by. I’m having my usual Friday morning feeling of, “I didn’t accomplish anything this week.” I hate that feeling because it’s so rarely true. Still, not seeing progress in any tangible way is often frustrating.… Read More Free-form Friday: Just an update on me
I’ve been making steady-ish progress on the Half-Life of a Soul (HLOAS) series. It has been very slow, though. While yes, any progress is good, I don’t want to take a decade to write “the end” when I already know exactly how this story will end, how the spin-off story will open and end, and… Read More Freeform Friday: Author in action
Ah the joys of editing. Please excuse me while I slam my head into my desk a few more times. As much as I hate editing, I keep finding myself in a place where I enjoy it. As an introspective person, it’s like doing a self-check. Am I doing the best I can? Where can… Read More Writing Wednesday: Editing the First Draft
I admit it, there are times when I’m writing and I absolutely cannot brain whether to use lie or lay. It’s simple, but then I made a mistake before. Am I making it again? This is one of those things that trips people up all the time, especially native speakers of the language. So, to… Read More Writing Wednesday: Lie or Lay?