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Personal Writing

Have you ever written something so personal, it hurt? Whether that'd be in your current manuscript, a diary entry, or anything else. As of yesterday, I had this idea for an entire chapter, that at the root was incredibly personal to me but I felt so strongly that it had to be written. It's not… Continue reading Personal Writing

My First Novel Journey

The Quarter End is Near…

Whelp, that went by fast. This post is going to be short and sweet. I've been busy on the weekends lately with some odds and ends things, as well as family visits, so my free time has been rather...scheduled. All with things I love, but my mind has just been preoccupied lately. I don't have… Continue reading The Quarter End is Near…

My First Novel Journey

Dealing With Distractions

Balance is hard to find. Just two weeks ago, I slaved over my chapter outline seven nights a week for hours on end, feeling closer and closer to finishing. The past two weeks? Well...I've started redrawing my map for the islands since it's changed from the beginning, and no, my chapter outline isn't done. I've… Continue reading Dealing With Distractions

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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

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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

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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

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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