Writing and Changing Your Mind

My biggest challenge in writing—whether it be blogs, books, poetry, or short stories— is changing my mind about the largest aspects of my projects. Take my current WIP and how it’s evolved just in the plotting stages over the last four years: • Contemporary YA Realism with a tragic ending about an aspiring playwright orphan. … Continue reading Writing and Changing Your Mind

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Anxiety and When Life Happens

Wow. Bed bugs, losing clients, a more strict budget, more shifts at work, poor decisions leading to worsening mental health, needing an oil change, broken washers and dryers, and learning to like our “new” home. We’ve had a lot more to take in and handle than we ever could’ve anticipated these last few months, and … Continue reading Anxiety and When Life Happens

Small, Important Details

Joseph made breakfast and tea, then spilled it. This sentence may state what is happening in a story, but it doesn’t evoke much emotion in the reader. The empathy comes and goes as quickly as the words pass through the mind. It’s a good example of a “tell” sentence that gives a reader the knowledge … Continue reading Small, Important Details

The First Book You Ever Read Challenge

I first saw this challenge going around a few weeks ago, and then I was tagged by the absolutely lovely Azelyn Klein on her blog Word Storm. Challenge rules:         Challenge at least one person.         Share the first book you ever read.         Why did you read it in the first place?         How did it inspire you … Continue reading The First Book You Ever Read Challenge

Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

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Do Not Look

Lately I’ve had far too many different creative inspirations and projects going through my head nonstop. I’m loving it as well as a bit overwhelmed by it. Yet when it came to writing a poem for this week’s blog, I was struggling so much. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t like what I was writing. What … Continue reading Do Not Look

13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to start baking more regularly, even if only once a week. This quickly became an activity that I do every Monday, and usually I make Turner’s and my bread for the week. I like getting a bit experimental with it and sometimes do other baked goods in … Continue reading 13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

Around the Block

A couple weeks ago, I was trying to finish a blog post that I had been excited about for weeks, but then when I sat down to write it, and later to finish it, I couldn’t think of a single example or word that I had been wanting to use. My mind was blank. I … Continue reading Around the Block

Someone Who Inspires Me

I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about how to answer this one, especially since I have so many amazing people in my life that bring wisdom, fun, and encouragement, as well as many people I’ve never met or met in passing that have highly impacted my life. But I realised that I want … Continue reading Someone Who Inspires Me