Yo ho, yo ho, a writer’s life for me

Back in January, I shared some writing goals that I hoped would help me get “unstuck” in February. I suspected that my “writer’s block” (which I don’t really believe in) was due mostly to the fact that I did not quite know what to do next, and I thought that making a plan would help me…

Revolutionary Fun Facts

  Last week, I wrote about feeling overwhelmed with my project, and how uncertain I was where to even begin. So I finally made a plan and set some goals. I decided in February (and the last week of January), I would focus on research. So far, it’s been going well. I’ve got quite a…

Getting Unstuck

I have a new writing post for you today. If you’ll recall from my NaNoWriMo posts last November, I am currently working on a novel about Phillis Wheatley. And when I say “currently working on,” I mean “trying-but-it’s-hard-and-I-don’t-even-know-what-to-do-next” kind of working. This is what has been happening inside my head for almost two months now: Me:…

NaNoWriMo: That’s a Wrap

Surprise! You know when I said I wasn’t going to post this Wednesday? Well, I changed my mind. I finished NaNoWriMo (reached my 50,000 words, and actually finished my story) much earlier than I thought, and my fingers were itching to blog, so here we go. This NaNoWriMo (my fifth) was both more difficult and…

NaNoWriMo: Week 4, and Catching Up

Well, NaNoWriMo is almost over. As I’ve mentioned previously in my other NaNoWriMo posts, I have done this project several times before and was able to successfully complete it each time – even when I was a full-time student with a part-time job. This year, it’s been a whole different ballgame, for a lot of reasons.…

NaNoWriMo: Week Three, and What I’ve Learned

What I’ve learned doing NaNoWriMo this time around: It’s amazing to have a story you’re really in love with. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. It’s not fun to 11,000 words behind. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. Conclusion? Don’t get 11,000 words behind.

NaNoWriMo: An Excerpt

I’m a bit preoccupied with writing my novel about Phillis Wheatley at the moment (and trying to catch up on my word count, as I am still really far behind) and couldn’t think of much else to write about this week, so I thought I would share a couple of excerpts from this work in progress.…

NaNoWriMo: On Writing Through

Well. It’s been a rough week on a number of levels. As it stands right now, I am 8000 words behind where I “should be” to be on target for NaNoWriMo. That’s going to take a definite, concerted effort to tackle over the course of the next two weeks. Why? Due to certain recent events, I…

NaNoWriMo: Week One, and the Joy of Writing

In the other years that I have done NaNoWriMo, week one has typically been my strongest week. I have found that getting ahead of the word count in the first few days gives me a strong start to the month and carries me through weeks that are more difficult (like week two and three). This…

NaNoWriMo: An Introduction

Happy Halloween! For several years, I have participated in a project called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The idea is to write a total of 50,000 words in the month of November. This comes out to 1,667 words per day. It’s a stretch goal without being unreasonable, even for students or parents or full-time professionals. This…

Suspending Disbelief

Warning: Slight spoiler for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in bullet number 3. Sometime in middle school (or possibly in high school), one of my English teachers told me that all writing is persuasive writing. I remember thinking that was one of the most brilliant things I had ever heard. I believed it instantly and…

For Nice

  There are no new words. Nothing left unsaid. The world ends over and over again. And through the exhaustion, the only thing left is to patch fractured souls and wish for a better tomorrow.

10 Bookish Facts About Me

Hello again! Normally, posts will go up every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, but during this first week, I’m putting up a few extras! Check back on Sunday for the next post. Today’s post is based on a round of YouTube videos I’ve seen, and it looked like a fun way to continue my introduction-by-way-of-books,…