Thus Goeth Writing (according to a non-plotter)

How I sit down and write a novel: Step 1–sit down. Step 2–open laptop. Step 3–go to google docs. Step 4–write a novel. Ta-da! Hundred thousand word novel now complete, yay! …but for reals, let’s talk about writing process. *** I hope you’re familiar with plotters vs. pantsers. If you’re not, then…are you curious? IContinue reading “Thus Goeth Writing (according to a non-plotter)”

Under the skin

Today, in How I Revise a Story(TM), I felt inspired by filter words. Let’s learn about filter words, shall we? To start, here’s an…intentionally styled scene. *** She saw the shadow block out the sun. “Oh shoot,” she muttered, feeling her heart pound within her. Daisy heard the creature shriek, feeling the sonic boom toContinue reading “Under the skin”

Embracing our awkwardness

SPOILER ALERT this scene happens in chapter 11 of Kree Annihilators. Fair warning if you haven’t read it. “Yeah. Of course.” He didn’t leave. “Soooo…unrelated, about what Squirrel Girl said in the park…” Victor’s eyebrows rose. A car blared down below. “What thing she said in the park?” “Uh, the friends thing.” Victor frowned. “WhereContinue reading “Embracing our awkwardness”

What do these all have in common?

Lately in my revising, I’ve spotted a tendency in my writing that I’m not a fan of. Here are some examples: Then came another fire blast as Dante spun. Reptilian-skinned soldiers in pale armor chuckled as Victor passed them, then exploded into laughter at the beady-eyed one’s story. Freezing in place, Victor could do nothingContinue reading “What do these all have in common?”

Mirror, mirror, rippling water/a majorly revised opening scene

This is from my story Graveyard of Lullabies. I’m comparing Recent revisions vs. the original chapter 1 posted to my blog a year ago. *** Today is the day I bleed aquamarine. The blue-green liquid soaks into my fuzzy pillow, spreading like melted ice. I blink at it. It is a nice pillow. But first:Continue reading “Mirror, mirror, rippling water/a majorly revised opening scene”

How I revise a story–fight scene

You can check out this story on Wattpad here! This week, I’ll be looking at a fight scene I wrote at the end of chapter 2. First draft vs. most recent draft. *** “Stay back,” red-orange light illuminated the alley, revealing Dante had set aside his bundle of waters and sodas and chips bags, leavingContinue reading “How I revise a story–fight scene”

How I revise a story

This is the first scene of Kree Annihilators, comparing the 1st draft with how it looks after recent revisions. For this article, I broke it down into a few paragraphs at a time, with underlined sections from the first draft and non-underlined sections from post-revision (you may have to view this article on my websiteContinue reading “How I revise a story”

First of February

Here I am, post-31 days of posting every day. Hey there world. I’m feeling pretty burnt out. But I thought I’d make this quick little post so I don’t just vanish from existence for however long. I think, when I start posting again (in a few days? A week?), it will be one of twoContinue reading “First of February”

January 14th, 2022/breaking the 4th wall

Today’s Prompt: Write about a challenge you faced and overcame. This prompt feels incredibly vague to me, and I wasn’t sure what direction to go with it. Did you know that literally every story with a plot, is about a character facing a challenge and overcoming it? Unfortunately, “every story with a plot” doesn’t fitContinue reading “January 14th, 2022/breaking the 4th wall”

A half-revised article on failing

My original title idea for this was “No revisions: article on failing.” Because I had in mind the idea that I should fail in some way as I write about failing, about how failure is trying is improving and learning. Except then the idea of actually posting something that I hadn’t revised at all freakedContinue reading “A half-revised article on failing”