My First Novel Journey

The Art of Subplots

Remember that last post where I mentioned my goal of outlining my whole book by the end of April? Yeah...that was before I began working on my subplots. I mean, I've had ideas for subplots. You know, characters with back stories, problems, etc. However, I never developed them like I probably should have until now.… Continue reading The Art of Subplots

My First Novel Journey

WIP Update

(FYI: For those who don't know, "WIP" stands for "work in progress." Not sure if this is a universal acronym yet, or just a popular hashtag on Twitter.) This week was slow to say the least. Honestly, I was feeling really uninspired. Usually I don't let that stop me from writing, but outlining tends to be… Continue reading WIP Update

My First Novel Journey

The Pressure of Avoiding Cliches

I get it. Really, I do. Cliches are, well...cliche. A pretty, strong heroine confused in a love triangle, a suppressing government, the evil president of said government who has no motives other than an intense hunger for power, the sexy first love who has a deep, dark mysterious background; there are tons of cliches we writers… Continue reading The Pressure of Avoiding Cliches

My First Novel Journey

My New Favorite Outlining Method

I have been outlining my book for almost a year, and like the book I began writing prior to this one, I outlined through chapter three/four(ish), then hit a wall. For some reason, at this stage I find myself analyzing details, changing the ending of the novel every time I come back to the outline,… Continue reading My New Favorite Outlining Method

My First Novel Journey, Random Thoughts, Random Posts

It’s OK to Dream Big

I'm part of a fabulous, large writing community on social media. I adore each and every one of them and how they positively pollute my news feed with the energy I need to sometimes stay motivated when the writing gets tough. If it wasn't for these like-minded, determined, artistic individuals who love literature and writing as… Continue reading It’s OK to Dream Big

Book Reviews

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    Book: Fangirl Author: Rainbow Rowell My rating: ...Meh (see the very bottom of the post for my overall review, spoiler free) Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook while at work, and my video was cut short by maybe fifteen minutes. Since I didn't care for the book too much, I never cared about what happened… Continue reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My First Novel Journey

A Change of Pace & Novel Update

It has been a while since I blogged. I tried running a lifestyle blog while writing a novel... it didn't work. I discovered that in order to run a lifestyle blog you have to actually do things. Frivolous spending doesn't happen for me anymore, making it difficult to do things worth blogging about. Except for the occasional… Continue reading A Change of Pace & Novel Update