Why Writers Never Get Instant Gratification

Writing is a long process that is hard to complete. I think all writers can agree on that. Writing is not for the faint of heart. It's a long path to walk, and you don't see results very quickly. And guess what? Once you've finally written enough to see results, you look back at what you wrote, and now that you've become a better writer through writing it, you don't even like it anymore. 'Tis a tragedy. So why do we still write?

5 Things that are Affected by What We Read

Have you ever heard the saying "Garbage in, garbage out"? If you haven't, basically it just means that, if you take in bad material or thoughts, the same will be produced through your own thoughts and actions. The opposite is also true. Take in good material, and good will be produced. Writers are influenced by the world around us in the exact same way - especially by the stories we read.

5 Reasons Why You Need A Writing Buddy

Writing can be a very lonely job sometimes. You spend all day at your computer and notebooks, your only companions the ones that exist in your own mind. However, did you know that having someone else - a real, live person, not just a character - in your life is actually really good? Not just for you, but for your writing as well?

Finding the Time to Write {Case Study}

Have you ever struggled to find time to write? You have all the right (I wrote that as 'write' 😂) intentions, and really, you meant to sit down and write today... but then life crowded in, and good intentions took a bit of a hike. Or you actually did sit down to write, but then people came along, and the next thing you know they've sucked up all your time in doing something else. How do you find writing time when there doesn't seem to be any other place for it in your day? And is it actually as hard as you think?

Why You Need to Imagine

Have you ever gone to work on a new idea and then, when you go to write it down, you start feeling almost suffocated? Writing your ideas down somehow feels like you're setting all of it in stone, and you can no longer think of anything else. But you still feel like things are missing, and there are gaps in the plot line. I've done that before. I've even waved it off before, just pushing through the outlining process and trying to ignore the persisting feeling in my gut that I was still missing pieces to my story. (that's not a good thing to do, by the way; don't copy me 😂) But something I quickly pinpointed was how I even ended up in that place of mental suffocation and pushing through: a vital first step that I'd missed.

How to Find Happiness Despite the Chaos

By now, wherever you live and whoever you are, you have probably heard of covid-19 - also known as the corona virus. The thing kind of decided to waltz on into our lives at the end of 2019, starting by attacking China. It has now moved on to the rest of the world. I live in Canada, and up till now, I've been pretty lucky. It hadn't reached us or affect my life at all, honestly - until this past month. Now, the world is in chaos. Everyone is panicking. But something I've found already in this time is how important it is to try and find happiness despite it all. Is this me saying that you need to "look on the bright side"? Or "find the silver lining"? Yes and no.

The Inciting Incident: The Point of No Return… Or Is It?

In my last post on making the problems in a story personal to a character (which is *cough* totally awesome *cOuGh* and you should check it out *wheeze*) I mentioned that I was going to do a post on the Inciting Incident. Not that long later, I had a conversation with my sister Mary that made me very glad I was going to post on the subject. We both are working on outlining new stories, and we started talking about the Inciting Incident, which was really confusing both of us for some reason. What exactly is the Inciting Incident supposed to be? Is that when the character gets kicked out of their Normal World? And are they even supposed to accept it?

Character Problems: Not Making things Personal from Day 1

Have you ever read a story where the main character goes on a long and arduous journey to defeat the villain, but by the end, you find you have a complaint: "But why?" Why does the main character even have to fight the villain? Because they're bad? Why do they care? The problem with those … Continue reading Character Problems: Not Making things Personal from Day 1