Spontaneous Stories

Sometimes, I have scenes spontaneously appear in my mind that replay consistently throughout the day. I don’t know the characters, I don’t know the story, but a distinct bit of dialogue, a feeling, a circumstance. Now, I’ve written here on my blog before that I don’t believe writing has any magical aspect to it–I stillContinue reading “Spontaneous Stories”

Article Writing: Advice on what to do when you’re uninspired

Recently, I had a reader of my blog ask me for advice on writing articles, specifically, how to stay focused and keep the words flowing. So this one is for you, Josette! I remember back in college, I took a class called “Article and Essay Technique,” which I will draw on here. I’ve never beenContinue reading “Article Writing: Advice on what to do when you’re uninspired”

Joining “The Twitter”

I’ve joined Twitter. There, okay? So many fellow writers were telling me, “Get a Twitter, girl! The writing community is great!” And you know what? So far, it is! By using the hashtag #writercommunity, I have been able to connect with SO MANY OTHER WRITERS! Writers of all different genres, goals, and stages of theContinue reading “Joining “The Twitter””

Musical thoughts 🎵

Lemme talk about music. Music is a huge inspiration for me, and rarely do I write without something playing in the background. I think I’ve always been this way. Even in school, I studied and did my homework to music. It kept me focused. (I do struggle listening to music I love because it’s tooContinue reading “Musical thoughts 🎵”

The Big Question

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How is it already January 7th? I had planned on making a post closer to the new year, but, here we are. Okay, so you have your character. Now what? Where do you go from here? The next step is asking yourself the Big Question: What does my character want? This isContinue reading “The Big Question”

Character Creation

Where does a writer begin? Well, a story doesn’t exist in a vacuum! For stories to exist, characters must exist. How does a writer begin to create characters? Well…that’s more complicated. As I said in my previous post, character and plot for me are deeply intertwined, but a good way to create a character is byContinue reading “Character Creation”

“How do you write a story?”

“How do you write a story?” “Where does your inspiration come from?” I’m asked various versions of these questions anytime I tell someone that I’m a writer. Well, where does a writer get the inspiration for a story (whether it be a short story or novel or poem)? This is how it happens: the writer goes toContinue reading ““How do you write a story?””