My Writing

A Tour of My Writing Space/Fortress of Solitude

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I absolutely love having special spaces set up for specific things. Someday I want to have a whole room, or possibly converted garden shed, that’s just for writing. I like to think that it’ll have clean white walls, loads of natural light, and zero clutter. It’ll just be me and my electric kettle and my […] Read more…

March 14 Writing Update!

So, guess who reached a milestone in her writing life yesterday? I now have 90,755 words in my WIP and 97,668 in the giant Word document where I keep all the stuff that cut from my novel. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to the stuff I’ve written. I don’t really throw […] Read more…

Kill Your Darlings (But Don’t Bury Them)

Kill your darlings.

As writers, we’re very accustomed to two kinds of murder: the murder of characters, and the murder of amazing sentences and scenes that don’t advance the plot—aka “kill your darlings.” “Kill your darlings” means that you need to put quality over sentimentality. We’ve all written brilliant sentences that wound up not really helping our story, or […] Read more…

Why You Should Write Fanfiction

A while back, I mentioned that I got my fiction-writing start via Twilight fanfiction. Which is, okay, a little embarrassing for two reasons: one, it’s Twilight, and two…it’s Twilight. I went back and tried to re-read the first one last year and I just…ugh…gah. What I remembered as being a moody, dreamy, slightly dumb love […] Read more…

How I Knew I Was a Writer

Being a writer is a funny thing. We wait and wait for some kind of outside validation—someone to tell us that we’re real writers now, not just hobbyists. Unfortunately, there’s no standard metric for when you become a writer, instead of just someone who likes to write. We have to figure it out all on […] Read more…