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…

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Rejection: Part 2

I’ve been gone (again), because I applied for another job I really wanted (again), had a good interview (again), and got rejected (again). Why do I stop writing when I’m stressed?! Why do I stop doing the one thing that makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile? Even though I’ve stopped writing for my…

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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…

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Rejection

I’m back. So, that thing I stopped writing to focus on? A job interview. I didn’t get the job. I’m sad. The interview went well, I thought I would get it. However, I’m not as upset as I thought I would be. I had so much anxiety about the job, it’s just nice to get…

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Weekly Favorites 7/6/18

Hope you had a great 4th of July, fellow Americans! I ate some delicious barbecued ribs and watched the first and second Jurassic Park. I have a confession to make… I haven’t written this week. There’s something going on that is taking up all of my mental energy (nothing too serious!), I’ll probably explain it…

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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…

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Weekly Favorites 6/29/18

I’m on the 9th chapter of my novel. This chapter has been a struggle, for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve been doubting my writing skills all week, which has made it harder to write. Two, I’m quickly approaching the mid-point of my book, which will be at approximately 40,000 words; that’s intimidating to me.…

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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.…

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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…

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Weekly Favorites 6/22/18

No complaints this week! Felt pretty good, added a couple thousand words to my novel, read a great book, and after a month of extra hours, I’m back to my normal work schedule. I wrote an important plot point in my novel this week, one I’ve been anticipating since I started writing — I killed…

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