Throwing My Hat Into the Ring — NaNoWriMo 2015

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When I didn’t work 50+ hours a week, November was always a wonderfully creative time for me. And although it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to recapture that former glory of being able to create without worrying so much about adult things, I’m still trying. I remember when writing came like a cool river through my fingers and onto the page. Now, it’s more like a drying spring that comes in spurts and gurgles, and which I usually have to dowse for beforehand.

I’m starting late. It’s already November 3rd, and I won’t be able to truly start until tomorrow. But, my goal is not to reach 50,000 words this month. It’s just to recapture writing, to curb my inner editor, and to participate in a community of fellow writers (something I sorely miss). November is a good excuse to do all of that, you see. And, of course, try and blog about it.

So, anyone else doing NaNoWriMo 2015?

Come on romance genre, you’re above this

So recently, my favorite romance author came out with a new cover for an older book of hers. I hadn’t read this book, hadn’t even known about it, so I snapped it up (I’m a loyal reader, folks). And then I had my heart crushed.

I won’t name names as to the book, because you see, I was disappointed. Usually, I love her stuff. She writes strong women and men who aren’t that stereotypical “male alpha pounding his chest and protecting his woman” stuff I get so tired of in the romance genre. In other words, she writes character-driven romance stories. I can get behind that.

Except this one…this one… Continue reading “Come on romance genre, you’re above this”

Creating Instant Personality

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An interesting article from Helga Scheir, over at Writer’s Digest, talks about creating instantly recognizable characters. But, I feel this is basically about giving the reader insights into a character’s personality before anything has been said — that whole pesky “show not tell” thing writing teachers are always harping about. The article interested me because of the example she gives: Continue reading “Creating Instant Personality”

I got ideas, but that ain’t a beginning, middle, or end.

So right now I’m struggling. With writing. Which makes me sad.

I’ve got ideas; I’ve got tons of ideas. I’ve got ideas coming out of my nose, because I can’t contain them all.

But they’re just ideas. I don’t really know the overarching stories, and definitely not enough to outline them. It ends up like this (taken from my idea folder on EverNote): Continue reading “I got ideas, but that ain’t a beginning, middle, or end.”