How to Silence your Inner Critic

This past week I heard (or read, I can’t remember) the phrase: “Get out of your head and into your body.” It was in reference to creative work. This inspired a light bulb moment. I know that once I start my creative work, and I’ve been at it for a few minutes, my relentless inner…

Read More

Getting to the Good Part

I love painting. I hate drawing. In addition to writing, making art is a calling of mine. This means I can’t stop doing it, even though I go through phases of thinking I’m horrible at it. I took most of the art classes offered at my high school, I went to art college for a…

Read More

The Subtly of Progress

I’m impatient. You’re impatient. We want to start doing something and immediately have it be the best thing that’s ever been done, no matter how firmly the logical parts of our brains tell us that isn’t going to happen. I looked up one day and I had written 20 blog posts. I looked up one…

Read More

I Used to Hate Writing

When I was in school, writing was something that I was “good” at. My parents, teachers, and peers complimented my ability to string coherent sentences together. But I didn’t like writing. It was a chore, albeit one that came easily to me. I knew how to figure out what each teacher was looking for and…

Read More

Ditch Your Outline

I started working on my novel again yesterday after a two week hiatus. It took me two whole weeks to figure out what was holding me back. I didn’t want to write what I had planned in my outline. The next section was supposed to be a little different than the previous chapters. I was…

Read More

How to Find Story Ideas

New ideas for fiction books pop into my head constantly (whether they are good ideas or not is another issue 😉 ). For example, I was at work the other week and suddenly thought, hospital…in space! Space hospital! Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but I promise the plot behind it could make for a great read. So I…

Read More

Too Little Description?

I’m known to be blunt. I often find myself involved in a conversation between two people that goes something like this: Person 1: “blah blah unimportant details blah blah” Person 2: “I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you understand, Kira?” Me: Condenses what Person 1 said into one or two simple sentences.…

Read More

Too Much Dialogue?

I was too tired to write last night after a hectic day at work, so I decided to read a little of my draft and tweak things a bit — this was a bad idea. This is horrible. I’ve been in some sort of daze the last two months and this is the worst thing…

Read More

Finding Time to Write

It’s 4:30 a.m. I should have written this post when I had time on Monday.  Last night I thought, “Screw it, no one is going to notice I didn’t post on Wednesday.” Then I started feeling guilty and thought, “Well, if I wake up before 5:30 I’ll put something out.” So, here I am. Last…

Read More

Should You Tell People You’re Writing a Book?

So you’ve decided to write a book. Should you share that information with your friends and loved ones? I don’t know what the “right” answer is, but here’s my opinion: Only if you’re very serious about it. Only tell people who have a track record of supporting you. What qualifies as very serious? You’ve started…

Read More