Musings

Post-NaNoWriMo Struggle

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are all managing OK out there.NaNoWriMo is over and I've been struggling. I had developed a daily habit, but now it's fallen to the wayside. I've been struggling to know what to write, because like I said in my earlier post, I'm getting to more historical events in my… Continue reading Post-NaNoWriMo Struggle

Musings

Down in the Bog

A Little Break I have to confess, I've been feeling quite bogged down. National Novel Writing Month is almost over, and I still only have about 15k words of my novel done. The election drags on. Friends who don't believe in the virus insist that my 2 weeks of hellish experience were "just the flu".… Continue reading Down in the Bog

Musings · National Novel Writing Month

NaNo 2020 is around the corner! Are you ready??

It's almost time to start drafting our National Novel Writing Month novels in November 2020! How do you feel? I feel: ExcitedNervousUnder-prepared The NaNoWriMo website talks about types of writers: those who plan and outline ("Plotters"), those who don't ("Planners"), and those who are somewhere in-between ("Plansters"?).I am usually a plotter type, who does outlines… Continue reading NaNo 2020 is around the corner! Are you ready??

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?

http://img-aws.ehowcdn.com/340x221p/photos.demandstudios.com/getty/article/165/98/89686001.jpg 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… Continue reading What is pretentious writing?