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

How Just One Paragraph Could Revolutionize Your Writing

Do you struggle to write? If not, do you struggle to write consistently? Do you struggle to sort to write? To make sure that, every day, you're writing? Yeah, me too. But I found something recently that, although I already knew it, really made me feel like I'd just been smacked in the face with a huge glowing sign that read DO THIS, YOU NINNY! So obviously, I've got to slam that sign in your face as well. You're welcome.

The Domino Effect (And What It Has to do with Your Writing)

Do you ever think of the long list of things you need to do before you book will be done, and get a feeling of overwhelm? You're not alone, my friend; when it comes to writing (and publishing, if that's what you choose to do) there's a long to-do list before it's complete. And if you miss some things, then it probably won't turn out how you envisioned. As a writer, I always find that writing down what I need to do helps. Seeing it on paper shows me that there really isn't as much as I think there is, and gets it out of my head. Thoughts that are running on repeat - and in circles - can really make it seem that there's way more than there is. But when you want it finished by a certain point, how do you figure out what you need to do? And in what order? That's where the domino effect comes in.

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

There I was! I had plans for a celebratory post for NaNoWriMo. But then, as I went through my email (which I hadn't touched during November) I found a tag: the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag. And suddenly, I found that I wanted to do it. I mean, it's Christmas. It's books. It's great. So... um... sorry, celebration. *cough cough*