For my history honors program at Emory University, we have to write an Intellectual Biography (a story of our academic journey). I thought I’d post it below (with some embellishments of course)… The Beginning… In first grade, my mother found out I couldn’t read when she accidentally skipped a page in my favorite picture book… Read More To the Little Girl Who Couldn’t Read: An Intellectual Biography
via GIPHY Since spring of 2011, I have been working on a project that has taken many forms throughout the years and stood as my education in WRITING. It started first as BENEATH THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK, a book with little plot coherency, horrible pacing, and a word count of fewer than 50,000 words when its… Read More Zero to Hero?
I am at the point in the semester where everything is barreling at me with the speed of a runaway train…but it’s fine…really… And even though my impending doom is nigh I have decided to attempt and fail at National Novel Writing Month (for the second time). It’s a sacred time where all of your… Read More What am I up to?
Random Human: How’s your 2017 going? Me: via GIPHY Jokes aside, 2017 is almost over and let me just say it has been a RIDE. While politically I have been eternally screaming since November of 2016, professionally my life has been leading me in SO many new and exciting directions. First things first, just like last… Read More Make Friends with Other Writers – a Memoir of Success 😉
via GIPHY Hello everyone! Sorry I have been gone so long! I have been in the middle of a massive revise and resubmit on my novel since the end of December (moving from present tense to past tense…..oh, boy). What I think of my revision skills: via GIPHY My actual revision skills: via GIPHY Also,… Read More Long time no see…
Look at almost any traditional mystery or horror story and you’ll find that each follows FOUR movements (are the theories of how films are made/structured). In this discussion, I will be using film to dissect the Four Movements of Mystery and Horror (and in some cases thrillers). The one thing that Mysteries, Horror, and Thrillers… Read More The Four Movements of a Traditional Mystery, Horror, or Thriller Story
I “finally” received a response from the literary agent who requested my full in early July. It was a no, but not even just a no, but the dreaded form rejection. I won’t lie and say that wasn’t completely disheartening—or rather like a punch to the gut by John Cena, and John Cena loves everyone.… Read More Rejection Though…
In Part I of this series, I discussed how I wrote my first draft or rather outlined it. Now, we’ll be discussing how to use an outline after the First Draft. Many people erroneously believe that outlining ends after the first draft, however, I believe the outline becomes even more important. The outline, in the later… Read More Outlining Your Novel Part II
In the writing world, there’s a lot of disagreement surrounding the use of outlining (really, only writers could find ways to argue about something so mundane). Everyone has an opinion on the topic, whether it’s for or against… “I don’t plot the books out ahead of time, I don’t plan them. I don’t begin at… Read More Outlining Your Novel Part I
Writing is not easy and will never be easy. There will always be days when you feel like every word you write could be written better by a first grader. Days when writing feels like pulling teeth. And many, many days when you feel like you cannot write. I’ve felt every one of these things.… Read More My Writing Routine (Part II: Sit Down and Write!)