A Writer’s Journal: July

Living creatively is rewarding because I get to take my ideas from a mere thought in my mind to something tangible that people can enjoy. But it can also be draining, especially when I fail to see the results I want. And it’s even more draining when my writing has to compete with so many other parts of my life. Writing is my escape and some of my best stories come when I’m experiencing a strong emotion.

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A Writer’s Journal: May

was further discouraged to pursue this career by my 7th grade middle school English teacher. I remember only small snippets from that day, but I remember her barely lifting a finger to help me. I remember leaving her classroom upset, with my head held low. I went back to the cafeteria and sat with my friends. I don’t remember if I engaged with them, but I remember giving up on my dream. But the worst thing is this: I felt like an idiot for trying to step outside my comfort zone and that feeling stuck with me for years. Even now, nearly 15 years later, it’s a memory and a feeling I struggle to shake off.

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On Writing: Review

To King, there’s no magical formula to follow in order to succeed in this career. There’s no shortcut you can take. It all comes down to loving what you do and sharing that love with the world.

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A Writer’s Journal: April

April was such a good month for me. Despite not finishing the first Camp NaNoWriMo challenge of the year, I still have a rough beginning for my new novel. I’ll be honest, most of it is crap and will either be edited out or heavily revised in future drafts. But it’s still a start and that was my biggest goal for this month.

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A Writer’s Journal: March

I’m not an outliner, or rather, I’m more of a reverse outliner. I work best when I write a draft and use that as a template for an outline to help me in future drafts…I just have to accept that this is how I approach a new project, but stay open to changes in my writing process as I mature as an author. 

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A Writer’s Journal: January

“Then, while looking through the first draft of my superhero story, I started to pick apart my story, sifting through character motivation, major plot points, and pieces of dialogue. I thought critically about my stories….I felt invigorated. I felt ecstatic. I felt that the story was salvageable if I was patient with it. Suddenly, the lessons and critiques and comments clicked in my mind and I felt like I (sort of) knew what to do.”

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2019 Writing Goals

Happy New Year! I love beginnings! They always bring the promise of new adventures. It’s also a great time to pause and reflect. I took some time to reflect over the past few years and I learned that in many ways I was unhappy. That unhappiness impacted various areas in my life, including my writing. […]

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