Plot Twists or Suspense: Which One is Better? {Case Study} {Emma VS Pride and Prejudice}

I'm an avid fan of Jane Austen's works. They're wonderfully written, witty, and interesting. Also, the language used is older English, so it's delightfully elegant. In grade 12, I read Pride and Prejudice for school; it was the first book by Jane Austen I'd ever read, and I fell in love with it. The next one I read was Emma. And as I read it, I noticed something that Pride and Prejudice managed to achieve that Emma didn't.

Should You Include Dialogue Snippets in Your Outline? {Case Study}

I think that all pantsers have this fear inside of them that making a plot will box them in when they try to write their story, limiting their creativity. That fear keeps them from trying to outlining. They want to be creative, and in their eyes, having a plot stops that. If you don't know, I actually used to be a pretty hardcore pantser. I don't think it shows very much anymore, but that used to be the only way I wrote. Some of those leftover fears from my time as a panster still lurk in the back of my mind, though. (Also, WordPress keep trying to autocorrect me whenever I write 'pantser' into 'panther'. 😑) However, as a person who now refuses to walk into any book without at least some semblance of a plot, those fears have taken on a different form in me: the idea that, while I'm plotting, maybe I'm plotting too much. I need creative freedom to go meandering down whatever paths happen to pop up along my way, and if my plans have to be followed exactly, then I can't do that. So how far am I really willing to go with my outlines?

Why You Need to Focus on Joy in Your Writing {Every Writer is Different} {Case Study}

If you've been hanging around my blog for any amount of time, you've probably heard me talking about the idea of finding joy. In your life, in your writing... and in your process. However, while I've written a full post on finding joy in your life, I have only ever dedicated small sections of posts to talking about why you need to find joy in your writing itself. I thought it was high time to address exactly why you need it in your writing, how it actually helps your writing process, and how to utilize it.

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?

Should You Take a Break between Drafts? {Case Study}

A question that has been on my mind as I dive through the first drafts of each book in my trilogy, The Storm Inside, is if I should take a break between each draft.

I took it upon myself to conduct an experience to answer this question. After I finished the first book, The Storm Inside, I leapt directly into The Fire Inside. But after writing The Fire Inside, I took a break that lasted about 2 weeks before starting The Leader Inside.

Which one worked best?