I always end up listening to people's words and writing them down. It's worse when I'm in class. I'll be sitting down, writing notes or a blog down, and somehow I hear a great line to write down. My margins are filled with other people's words. They're diagonal and lopsided. I can't even remember where … Continue reading A writer habit
Stories are pieced together strangely. I can tell you a story about a hero. She saved many children by keeping them away from harm. She may have used violence to stop her enemies, but the children were always safe at the end of the day. She gave the most she could and never asked for … Continue reading Which side of the story?
Us writers hate what we create We stare at page after page The words all mix together in the end There's thousands - no - millions of better writers But there's always a moment, a flicker When the world doesn't seem so mean We will all write something beautiful today Only a few people will know; … Continue reading Writers everywhere
Writers are always strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Not many people - in the whole world - can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without even trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own … Continue reading Are we human?
People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publication companies don't accept "cliché" or "unoriginal" ideas anymore, because it's harder to market just another vampire story now. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories
After writers send their work out to be critiqued, it can feel as if forever stands in front of them. Time has stopped. Even as life goes by, nothing happens to them. They wait, filled with butterflies. Days and months and years all feel like lifetimes. Perhaps it's because they're nervous. They just sent their … Continue reading Waiting forever
As a writer, story ideas always flow in and out of me. They sometimes come at inconvenient times like showers when I can’t write anything down. I memorize the words, repeating them over and over until I can get some written down. Those words are never as good as the originals. Some ideas flow out … Continue reading The Best Ideas for Stories
Sometimes I think it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I started as a small girl in Dallas. I tried writing a novel about puppies with super powers in a Captain Jack Sparrow journal. I handwrote many chapters that took up about half the journal before I quit. I had a … Continue reading Writing origins
As someone who participates in many Facebook writing groups, I've come across a lot of different writing motivation, memes, and beliefs. One of those beliefs is about how writing prompts are "cheating". Honestly, I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix different prompt ideas together until I think of something new altogether. … Continue reading Cheating with Writing Prompts
Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if the story isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?