My Writing

May 2017 Deleted Lines

Hi guys! So, in the process of editing, I’ve had to cut out a lot of good lines. A LOT. Even though it’s for the good of the novel, it hurts me to take out likes that I really liked for one reason or another. So I made them into little graphics! This is my […]

May 11 Writing Update

May 2017 has been a tough month for writing. Mostly because Past Ruby did Present Ruby zero favors.

My WIP has had a major, major problem for a long time: the falling action (the bit between the climax and the conclusion). I blame Past Ruby and her unwillingness to plot stories before writing them. I’m lousy at conclusions, but the falling action—in this work, anyways—is even worse. I’ve already had the Big Dramatic […]

March 2017

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 […]

Kill Your Darlings (But Don’t Bury Them)

It's the oldest piece of writing advice: Kill your darlings. But don't bury them just yet.

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 […]

Why You Should Write Fanfiction

I got my start writing Twilight fanfiction. And I'm not ashamed of that. In fact, I think you should write fanfiction, too. (But it doesn't have to be Twilight.)

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 […]