The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

"The time is almost here to begin my favourite, and most fulfilling month (usually), and to embark on a new writing journey for myself. I have been working on my outlines, having frequent brainstorming sessions, all to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I am certainly looking forward to having a much more consistent writing schedule this year, as [...]

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

"I've never been one to have an in-depth plan when I begin writing a novel, and that has been one of my biggest setbacks when it comes to crossing the finish line. I read a few of my journal entries from this time last year, and I notice just how wildly unprepared I was for NaNoWriMo. [...]

On Writing: Acting On Your Ideas and Dedicating Yourself to Hard Work

"Writing a novel is hard work, it takes dedication, commitment, and the will to continuously learn how to improve. Writing has become such a constant in my daily life, I can barely remember what it felt like to be without it. When it comes to putting the work in, or finding the time to write, it all [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: NaNoWriMo, Novels, and New Ideas

"Storytelling is the gateway to human existence - something I've included in a paper I wrote today in response to Richard Kearney's "Where Do Stories Come From?" and I must say that I rather enjoyed it. It put quite a lot into perspective when it comes to how I've viewed writing up until this point. [...]

The First of NaNoWriMo Prep, Writing Efficiently, and Finishing Up the Current Project

"Time escapes us, and I've been working to decide where my writing efficiently fits into my daily schedule, in a way that doesn't feel daunting - in a way that allows me to enjoy the process entirely. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I really had to start thinking not only about what I am to [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Dealing with Off Days and a Few Words on the Creative Process

"Blogging became a part of my writing routine because it allowed me to voice all of the struggles, setbacks, and or issues I may have come across as I try to do my best to maintain my creative flow. To be quite honest, along the way it became more about "making sure I had a blog post up" than [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Productivity, Writing, All Whilst Under the Weather

"I certainly did not start off the week on a high note, for I felt quite terrible yesterday - and I still do today. I gave myself a pass yesterday because it had been a holiday, but I cannot allow myself to sit around and not make any progress, no matter how terrible I may feel right [...]

Vast Were Her Writing Dreams: Why I Started and What I Hope to One Day Accomplish

"I speak on why I began writing quite a bit here on my blog, but I never did divulge too many details on what it is that happened, what it is that led me to where I am today, and all that I still want to accomplish one day. - "There will always be more to write," [...]

It All Starts With a Finished First Draft: A Bit of Writer’s Inspiration For the Day

"I remember when I started the novel that I am currently working on, I remember how great it felt to start again, to challenge myself - to hopefully amount to a finished first draft. For a while prior, I had been at somewhat of a standstill, where I couldn't even fathom an ounce of consistency in my daily routine. Though, [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Grab a Coffee, Let’s Take a Break

"Sometimes, we have uninspired days. Sometimes, we have tough days where we just can't seem to muster up the energy to get out of bed. It doesn't mean that we are slacking, nor does it mean that we've forgotten how important all of the work and goals we've cultivated mean to us. I've been trying not to [...]