My First Novel Journey

Oh, Hey

It's been two months since my last post?! I haven't blogged in so long, and for good reasons. 1.I GOT A NEW JOB. (Check that off my quarterly goals list!) I'm now a graphic designer/marketing associate with a bank in the greater Boston area. It is a massive improvement from my first job in terms… Continue reading Oh, Hey

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Mother’s Day

Usually I update on my goals, but because of this special day and my less-than great progress on those goals, I'm going to choose to do otherwise. Today is Mother's Day! I'm the furthest thing away from being a mother possible. With tons of student debt, a boyfriend who may or may not fear commitment… Continue reading Mother’s Day

My First Novel Journey

The Chapter Outline Continues

I didn't blog yesterday, or Saturday, for a very good reason. Guys, I was busting my brain trying to finish my chapter outline by the end of April. Sadly, I did not succeed. *Insert tears of defeat* I'm actually not sad or the least bit upset about it. Of course I would love to be… Continue reading The Chapter Outline Continues

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 acronymΒ 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.Β 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