In a recent book I read and reviewed, Sky Without Stars, I found myself noticing that many of the chapters ended in cliffhangers. While I'm not adverse to having an occasional cliffhanger, I found the constant use of them in that book to be a bit tiring. The book got me thinking about cliffhangers in … Continue reading My Thoughts on Cliffhangers
I read...a lot. Anyone who has happened upon my blog will know this. And since I read a lot, I start to notice patterns. I've done several other posts on things that I like or that bother me in literature, but today I'm going to compare two types of books: a standalone and a series. … Continue reading Which One is Better: Series Or Standalone?
I've been writing for years, and have done so much research on how to write I'm rather surprised that my brain hasn't exploded already. However, along with all the amazing advice I have found, there has also been the advice that either I thought instantly was horrible or now that I am older I realize … Continue reading Writing Tips I Can’t Stand!
For the record, I have no problem with any person named Mary Sue. It's a lovely name, with a long and respected history. However, Mary Sue as a character trope is one of the few tropes I don't think can ever been done well. This is strange to me, because I have said previously on … Continue reading My Problem With Mary Sue
Quite a while ago (at least a year), I wrote a blog post on why Show Don't Tell Is a Lie. It remains today one of my top ten most read posts. But recently, I've started to wonder how many do's and don't's I learned in college that I now actually disagree with. And one … Continue reading How Important is the First Sentence of a Novel?
So...I've been doing a lot of thinking this month. Both about the book I'm writing this year and my past experiences with NaNo, and I have come to the logical conclusion that NaNoWriMo isn't for me. Here are the four reasons why. 1. Inability To Process I am an introspective person. I think...a lot. It's … Continue reading Reasons Why I’m Quitting NaNoWriMo
We are a little over a week into NaNo. My writing has been going...okay. It isn't as good as previous NaNoWriMo's have been, but it also isn't horrible. I'm behind, but not too far behind. Here are my daily updates since Day 3. Day 4: Chapter 2 - 0 words Day 5: Chapter 2 - … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Update: Day 8
In the spirit of NaNoWriMo (since it is the beginning of November), I thought I would do a book tag revolving around the theme of National Novel Writing Month. And I found one posted a couple years ago on Youtube by Kristina Horner. 1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo? Technically, two. I'm not … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Book Tag
We are four days into NaNoWriMo. Gosh, this month I seem to be so undisciplined when it comes to writing. I'll write a lot one day, and just skip writing the next day. I'm also not calculating how many words I should be writing each day. Math and me just do not care for each … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update
NaNoWriMo is starting! I'm super excited but mostly terrified. Thank you for everyone who voted yesterday in my poll. I was honestly surprised how many people voted for #2, Peppermint Poison with a Pinch of Paris (it finished with about 53% of the vote). It was definitely one I did not think many would choose. In … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, 2018: Day 1 (Thank you, readers!)