• 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.…

  • The Demon of Comparison

    Today I want to talk about a particular demon of mine: comparison. It hitcehs a ride at the most random moments. It showed up in middle school a few times during the budding years of popularity contests and the need to impress boys. It went mute during most of high school because I was too busy with marching band, photography, theatre, and friends. Comparison was still with me. He was just taking a backseat nap. He reared his ugly, pimple-coated head about… four weeks ago. Diving back into writing, exercising, theatre, and a million other activities has been healthy for me, but it’s encouraged my negative demon to vault over…

  • Writing, Goals, and Mortality

    Like most people, I had a brief stint where I was terrified of death and what was beyond the final breath. I think I had just discovered the theory of relativity because I realized that my life, compared to the history of the world, would be over in a flash. People a hundred years ago didn’t know about television, trips to space, or cellphones. What would I be missing when I died? What would I accomplish? And like most kids, I got over that and went on watching Power Rangers and munching Cheetos. Life resumed a peaceful balance for about 18 years which brings us to about three weeks ago…

  • Fresh Read Friday– Tiny Pretty Things

    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton features three¬† students at a highly competitive ballet school in Manhattan. You have the free-spirited Gigi, competitive and ruthless Bette, and perfectionist June. All three have their eye on the lead roles and will do anything to get them. And I mean anything. For the last two months I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this book. It’s not the type I usually pick up, but I wanted to give contemporary young adult a shot. One big piece of advice in the writing world is to read. Read outside your genre. Read non-fiction. Read fiction. Read science notes. Read dossiers. Read. Read.…

  • Finding Character

    Many of the PitchWars hopefuls, myself included, have started new projects in an attempt to keep from chewing their nails off or pulling their hair out. If you want to get in on the action, check out Laura Lashley on Twitter (@DistractLaura). She’s started the #PWSprint tag. The goal is to write 20,000 words by August 25th, the day the mentors release their decisions. I’ve joined in and, let me tell you, it’s a challenge. 20k is a lot to accomplish in such a short amount of time. I’m seeing success in my word counts, but only because I’ve outlined, planned, and done a lot of character work prior to…

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