Musings · My Writing

Character Motivations and Emotions

Thought of the Week How do you feel a character’s emotions and motivations? How do you write them well? Personal Recently I had someone in my monthly writing group point out a bad bit of plotting and a major character motivation issue, all in chapter 4, the chapter where I feel my book really gets… Continue reading Character Motivations and Emotions

Musings

Battling Discouraged Writer Syndrome

Lately I’ve fallen into a terrible pattern of writer’s discouragement. I doubt that my writing is good, and I do less writing. I compare myself too much to other writers. Yesterday I finally forced myself to read some notes and got some ideas for revising the next chapter of my fantasy novel. So today, here… Continue reading Battling Discouraged Writer Syndrome

Just For Fun · Musings

Slap some Mystical into Your Writing!

What is Mystical? Dictionary.com defines mystical as: of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc. Have you ever thought about slapping some mystical into your writing? I confess that I never really did, until now. Obviously, I’m writing fantasy, so going on hikes and visiting little circles of mushrooms, known by some as ‘faerie… Continue reading Slap some Mystical into Your Writing!

How Writers Write · Musings

What is pretentious writing?

So pretentious! When I was in college, a friend and I would sometimes compare our creative writing classes with each other’s. We would discuss what makes a good critique, our stories, and classmates’ stories. Being foolish young adults, we sometimes even mocked our classmates’ writing for being “too pretentious”. So what is it? But what… Continue reading What is pretentious writing?