Choosing my Genre

My first novel, Dark House, is a psychological thriller. I’ve never read a psychological thriller in my life. I don’t even like that genre of movie. I wrote Dark House because I loved the idea, knowing that the likelihood of me writing anything else (besides sequels) in it’s genre was pretty low. I’ve been avoiding…

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How I Wrote a Novel: Part 3 – Doing Everything Wrong on Purpose

I self-edited and self-published my book. I’m not going into detail about how I did it, because it’s not a process anyone should emulate. However, I regret nothing.

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How I Wrote a Novel: Part 2 – First Draft

Despite the fact that drafting was the most time-consuming part of writing my first novel, it’s the part I have the least commentary on. Mainly, I emphasize the importance of learning by trial and error. There were things that I did/didn’t do despite all the advice I read to the contrary, but I wouldn’t trade…

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How to Silence your Inner Critic

This past week I heard (or read, I can’t remember) the phrase: “Get out of your head and into your body.” It was in reference to creative work. This inspired a light bulb moment. I know that once I start my creative work, and I’ve been at it for a few minutes, my relentless inner…

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Getting to the Good Part

I love painting. I hate drawing. In addition to writing, making art is a calling of mine. This means I can’t stop doing it, even though I go through phases of thinking I’m horrible at it. I took most of the art classes offered at my high school, I went to art college for a…

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The Subtly of Progress

I’m impatient. You’re impatient. We want to start doing something and immediately have it be the best thing that’s ever been done, no matter how firmly the logical parts of our brains tell us that isn’t going to happen. I looked up one day and I had written 20 blog posts. I looked up one…

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I Used to Hate Writing

When I was in school, writing was something that I was “good” at. My parents, teachers, and peers complimented my ability to string coherent sentences together. But I didn’t like writing. It was a chore, albeit one that came easily to me. I knew how to figure out what each teacher was looking for and…

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Ditch Your Outline

I started working on my novel again yesterday after a two week hiatus. It took me two whole weeks to figure out what was holding me back. I didn’t want to write what I had planned in my outline. The next section was supposed to be a little different than the previous chapters. I was…

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How to Find Story Ideas

New ideas for fiction books pop into my head constantly (whether they are good ideas or not is another issue 😉 ). For example, I was at work the other week and suddenly thought, hospital…in space! Space hospital! Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but I promise the plot behind it could make for a great read. So I…

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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.…

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