It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After giving this year a lot of thought, I decided that I’m going to go all out in 2023. My goal is to publish three books, write two major short stories, edit and pursue traditional publication for Project Pea, finish a video game script, and begin a … Continue reading Announcing My 2023 Writing Projects: New Year Spectacular Finale!
You finish your first draft. You throw a party. You know there's still a long way to go, but you're proud of what you've achieved. And so, to keep the momentum going... You rest. How tempting is it to just jump right into the editing stage? As much as I'm a proponent of taking breaks, … Continue reading How to Give Your First Draft (and Yourself) a Break
Project Pea word count: 13,063 I hardly ever have more than one tab open. I'd call myself a fairly disorganised person most of the time, and yet when it comes to certain things like internet tabs, I can't stand keeping more than one thing open at a time. I just about explode every time my … Continue reading 3 Tabs I Always Have Open
Project Pea word count: 8,118 I’ve read a lot of good books lately that showcase how critical it is to immediately immerse your reader in the story world. But, as important as it is, it’s not easy to do - and I'm discovering that firsthand as I'm charging through the beginning of Project Pea (or … Continue reading Immersing Readers in the Story World
It seems like everyone is coming out with a new method to write stories nowadays. Do a quick search on the web and you'll get millions of results, all telling you that one way is best. Hero's Journey is the tried and true method, focusing on the main character. Save the Cat! is perfect for … Continue reading Save the Cat! and Hero’s Journey and 5 Commandments, Oh My! – Which Story Method Should You Use?
Well, I might as well just come out with it: I'm pushing back my finishing date for Project Pea. Again. Sometimes, it seems like this WIP has been nothing but headaches. I can't seem to get a firm grasp on it, like it just keeps slipping through my fingers. I keep wanting to get frustrated … Continue reading A Setback…but With a Bright Side
Sometimes, you just need to take a break. And sometimes, the break comes to you. I don't have too much progress to report on Project Pea this week because there hasn't been much. I had a lot of things planned last week - a combination of Memorial Day, my birthday, and all of my teacher … Continue reading Takin’ a Break
If you're a writer and you don't follow Reedsy, what are you doing? Seriously, Reedsy is an incredible resource. It's kind of hard to define exactly what it is because it's pretty much everything a writer needs! Their blog talks about everything writing-related, from how to come up with a story idea to where and … Continue reading Writing a Novel in 3 Months – Is It Crazy?
Writing a novel is hard. We probably all know this, and yet, many of us set out to accomplish this mighty feat. Isn't it amazing? But when you're in the middle of writing a book, sometimes it doesn't feel so amazing. I've been on a rollercoaster with my WIP, "Project Pea," over the past 15 … Continue reading The Art of Never Giving Up
Now that my (spectacularly amazing) wedding is over and I've settled into my schedule living with another human being, I've thrown myself full force into editing Project Pea. In the overall edits, I'm halfway through the book. I've ironed out some timing issues, changed a lot of individual scenes, and fleshed out one of the … Continue reading Project Pea: Finding My Voice