I’m on the 9th chapter of my novel. This chapter has been a struggle, for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve been doubting my writing skills all week, which has made it harder to write. Two, I’m quickly approaching the mid-point of my book, which will be at approximately 40,000 words; that’s intimidating to me.…Read More
All articles filed in June 2018
Too Little Description?
I’m known to be blunt. I often find myself involved in a conversation between two people that goes something like this: Person 1: “blah blah unimportant details blah blah” Person 2: “I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you understand, Kira?” Me: Condenses what Person 1 said into one or two simple sentences.…Read More
Too Much Dialogue?
I was too tired to write last night after a hectic day at work, so I decided to read a little of my draft and tweak things a bit — this was a bad idea. This is horrible. I’ve been in some sort of daze the last two months and this is the worst thing…Read More
Weekly Favorites 6/22/18
No complaints this week! Felt pretty good, added a couple thousand words to my novel, read a great book, and after a month of extra hours, I’m back to my normal work schedule. I wrote an important plot point in my novel this week, one I’ve been anticipating since I started writing — I killed…Read More
Finding Time to Write
It’s 4:30 a.m. I should have written this post when I had time on Monday. Last night I thought, “Screw it, no one is going to notice I didn’t post on Wednesday.” Then I started feeling guilty and thought, “Well, if I wake up before 5:30 I’ll put something out.” So, here I am. Last…Read More
Should You Tell People You’re Writing a Book?
So you’ve decided to write a book. Should you share that information with your friends and loved ones? I don’t know what the “right” answer is, but here’s my opinion: Only if you’re very serious about it. Only tell people who have a track record of supporting you. What qualifies as very serious? You’ve started…Read More
Weekly Favorites 6/15/18
This has been a weird week. It wasn’t truly bad, but everyday, things were a little off. I didn’t add to my novel for a couple of days, which always makes the day worse — got back on the horse yesterday. Pretty much all I accomplished was writing 2,000 words. I spent the rest of…Read More
How to be Creative When You Don’t Feel Like It
I feel like garbage as I write this. Hot garbage. I woke up with a headache. I have three giant pimples on my chin that won’t go away. I have inventory at work this week, where my coworkers and I come into work at 6 a.m. to count a warehouse full of supplies, and then…Read More
Can I Do This?
Novel Word Count: 16,242 Can I do this? Can I make a living off writing? I made the mistake of Googling “Should I be a writer?”; I knew it was a bad idea. I found all sorts of discouraging information. In one mean spirited article the writer essentially said: writing is hard, you probably suck at…Read More
Novel Word Count: 14,839 My Kindle Paperwhite came in the mail a couple of days ago. I got one because I’ve been reading a lot and reading on my phone isn’t a great experience. I’ve been reading physical books as well, but I don’t really have room for many of them. Since I’m going to…Read More