Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Active Mind

I realized the other day that there is a misconception in the way we think about states of mind—that they are fixed, static, and once attained, never lost. Most of all, that they can be “achieved,” held, and maintained without … Continue reading

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Signs

I like to believe in signs. I mean, they’re really just coincidences and my brain noticing certain things more given context, as well as assigning random events certain meanings, but it can actually be quite helpful to aid the mysteries … Continue reading

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Writing Through a Bad Scene

Despite all the omnipresent advice to just keep writing, no matter how bad, there is nothing quite as cringe-inducing as writing your way through a scene that just isn’t working. The dialogue isn’t flowing, the characters are boring cardboard, and … Continue reading

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Reading as a Writer

Most (if not all) writers fall in love with the craft because they first fell in love with reading. And for any writer-to-be, I think reading often and widely is essential. It’s the most fun way to learn how to … Continue reading

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Embrace Your Writing Tics

The biggest key to drafting is the ability to write badly, but that means a lot of different things. One of the most blatant and immediate things it means is that you have to embrace your own writing tics—those little … Continue reading

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Blog Award Thank You!

Hi all, I just wanted to thank the amazing Victoria Davenport who nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award: I am so honored and grateful! You should most definitely check out her blog! 😀 And, in the spirit of the … Continue reading

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The Three Drafting Mindsets that Made it Happen

Unfortunately, for all my “revelations,” I can’t really point to any one thing, one trick, that made me able to finish a draft. I did come up with a shift in my perspective of the project—making it YA, for some … Continue reading

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A New World

Three weeks ago today, I was driving home to my parents’ house, realizing I was going to fail the One Month Challenge. Such a simple task, to stick with one story for one month, and I couldn’t do it. The … Continue reading

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A Short Break

In lieu of the drafting madness of the last week and a half (and in support of it), I have decided to take one week off from the blog. I will report back here on July 13th, unless anything interesting … Continue reading

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Drafting Mentalities

For the last week, all I’ve been doing is drafting—which is absolutely incredible. It also means all I have to blog about is drafting, so I apologize for the repetition. I’ll try to think of some alternative topics soon. But … Continue reading

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