Writing

CURRENTLY

These “currently” posts have been floating around the blogosphere for a while now, but I was just clued in by my friend Kayla Olson and I’ve decided to join the fun. The goal is to post these lists every other Tuesday, and I’m hoping to stick to that — we’ll see how it goes. Now on to the list! CURRENTLY:…

Fruitful

Each year, I choose a word that represents my thematic goal for the coming twelve months. For instance, in 2014, I chose “light.” Last year, my word was “joy.” This year, my goal is to be fruitful. Fruitful means “producing good or helpful results; productive.” It’s apt for my current mindset. I’m in the mood to be productive; I’ve been…

decomposition book

Decomposition Books

About a year ago, I shared a fun new find on social media: decomposition books. These notebooks are made of 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages and are printed with soy ink. The covers come in a fun array of designs, and the interior covers have rulers and little facts that hearken back to elementary school. I have a couple of these…

Inspiration Playlist

A Dose of Inspiration

The playlist above has been my source of inspiration this week as I work on the dread middle of my WIP. I needed songs that were dark, haunting, a little monstrous, but also mostly faced-paced. Maroon 5 is the exception here; I included that song to get me through a particular scene that was a little less gritty than the…

Lexicon

Creating a Lexicon

I have a number of writing books. They focus on various aspects of the craft; some are genre-based, some deal with plot or structure, some tackle drafting processes. One of my favorites is The Writer’s Portable Mentor, by Priscilla Long.

My Writing Space

My Writing Space

When it comes to working from home, efficiency and self-discipline are the names of the game. As a writer, I don’t have a boss or an office out of the house, so it’s up to me to stay on track and make sure I get my work done (although school-imposed deadlines help with that a bit, and publishing writers typically…

like a starling

Figments and Fragments

Anyone who follows my blogs knows that I’m a huge Laini Taylor fan. I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I’m reading Days of Blood and Starlight in tiny little sips so it won’t end. In addition to devouring her books, I also regularly check out the stuff she posts across the interwebs. That’s how I discovered the two…

art

Make Good Art

Today’s inspirational quote is brought to you by Neil Gaiman: “Now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” Photo credit: Mo Riza

Revisions

Drawing the Line in Revisions

I’m very lucky to have a talented group of writer friends. Whenever I have some kind of writing crisis — How do I write a query? Does my character motivation work? Is my synopsis terrible? — I know exactly where to turn for answers, which are guaranteed to be both helpful and brutally honest.