• On the Other Side of PitchWars ’17

    My last post was October 1st, 2017. In summary, I discussed being at the midway point of PitchWars and what my process was like: massive worldbuilding, total plot upheaval, fully reworked character arcs, and three to four massive revisions. During the contest, I worked harder than I ever have on my craft, learned more than I did in the three years building up to PitchWars, and came out with a fantastic mentor (shout out to Lyndsay Ely), a new book, and a community. And twenty extra pounds. **10 lbs are gone now** I wanted to get back to blogging, but I was terrified of the massive time gap between new…

  • #PitchWars Midway Point

    Hello! About a month ago, I earned a spot as #PitchWars 2017 mentee. I was ready and up to the challenge as well as honored by this opportunity to learn, connect, and revise. Since then, it’s been a roller coaster of work, exhaustion, too many sweets, and wonderful new friends. For now, I wanted to take the time to let others in on what’s kept me so secluded every waking hour I’m not at school. Step One: World-Building While I waited for my edit letter, my mentor suggested working on world-building. My young adult science fiction book takes place hundreds of the years the future in a different terraformed galaxy.…

  • #PimpMyBio for #PitchWars

    Hey there! It’s that time of year when #PitchWars kicks off and my social media will be given over to meeting people, picking up writing tips, and sharing some of the things that have helped me along the way. PitchWars is a writing contest held by the ever wonderful Brenda Drake and made possible by fantastic writers who give their time and knowledge to selected writers with unpublished manuscripts. This post is for the #PimpMyBio tag that’s used to share a bit about myself and my project. Please check out all the AWESOME #PimpMyBio posts HERE. MY MANUSCRIPT This will be my third year attempting PitchWars. The first two years…

  • One Day

    One day… I will be able to keep up this blog with exciting and intuitive content. One day… I will find a beautiful balance between website and fiction writing. One day… *clears throat* Ahem, sorry about that… I just… Back to the list. One day… I will figure out how to connect via social media and not feel like the last kid picked for dodgeball. But today… I’ve spent the last three months working on my craft without coming up for air. Today… I’ve exchanged almost all of my book with CPs. Today… I have written a query letter and sent it off to be critiqued. Today… I have forced…

  • The Other Side of 180 and 95,000

    Ever since I started this writing journey, I’ve become obsessed with numbers. How many words per day? Pages? Chapters? Words per chapters? Age I should be when publishing a book? It’s an endless cycle of attempting to compare myself to the norm and feel comfortable. Sure, I should know the suggested word count of my genre and targeted demographic, but that doesn’t mean I have to fastidiously fit into those parameters. 25 isn’t the magic age for being “successful”. And a chapter needs to be long enough to achieve it’s goal. Despite constantly ignoring numbers and suffocating their importance, I find myself in a place I never though I’d reach.…

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