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 Your Why {Every Writer is Different}

Have you ever stumbled upon a part of a book, blog post, podcast, or video where the person who created it is talking about your Why? And... had absolutely no idea what they were talking about? ๐Ÿ˜… Or, have you ever heard about it and understood what it was, but been unsure as to how to even go about finding your Why? Join the club. ๐Ÿ˜† However, over time, I've found a couple of sure-fire ways to help you find that. So today, I'll be explaining what your Why is, why you need it (see what I did there?) (okay I'll be quiet now), and how to find it.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Days -5-1

NaNoWriMo dawns! As you know if you saw my last post, I talked about National Novel Writing Month, what you should know while gearing up for it, and preparing for this month of crazy. I include an explanation of what NaNoWriMo even is, as well, so if you're confused, make sure to check that out! The way November falls this year, November 1 is on a Sunday - giving me only one day to talk about in this post. Also, the last day of November lands on a Monday, so we'll have to see if I hit 50k or not before I can post! ๐Ÿ˜…

Flashbacks (Part 2): How to Seamlessly Pull off A Flashback

In my post two weeks ago, I covered different types of flashbacks (using only one, several, or telling a whole story through them - a revolutionary way of telling a story, in my opinion). Today, we're taking a look at actually writing these things. If you haven't read Part 1 in the series, I'd highly recommend checking that out here first. Now that that's out of the way, let's dive right in!

Flashbacks: What They are, and Why I’m Obsessed with Them

Have you ever read a book where you're suddenly taken back in time to see something that happened to the character in the past? That's called a flashback. We're going back in time in a flash to see something that happened to the character, also in a flash. It usually only lasts a single moment in real-time, as the character is just having a memory flash through their mind. But, as a reader, we get to see the whole scene play out. Flashbacks are a great way to insert backstory, or a character's ghost. There are other ways to do that, of course, but sometimes the best way is to completely immerse the reader into the scene to get the full impact of the emotion of the character. Flashbacks are generally reserved for important scenes; no reader wants to leave the storyline just for random thing that happened in the past. Those are the sort of things conveyed in passing, as a line of dialogue or a mention in the story. They don't need a full-on scene of their own. Most people know at least that much about flashbacks. Today, I'm diving in a little deeper than that general description to see the meat and bones of a flashback: what they are, when they should be used, and if there's even such a thing as over-using them.