Category Writing

Inspiration: Running to Stand Still

May 5, 2016 Writing  2 comments

After a tumultuous, two year process, I am so freaking excited to announce that my next book, Running to Stand Still, a New Adult Romance, will be out August 2016!

Running to Stand Still is the story of a girl desperate to leave her hometown behind her in the rearview mirror, and a boy worth staying for.

This story started to form in my mind during the winter of 2012.

I was settling in after a year of epic change + rapid decision making (moving, buying a house, getting married - all at the age of 19) and was starting to feel very, very trapped.

I was driving to class at Wayne State University, winter semester of my Junior year.

Paradise by Coldplay was playing

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Honest to god thoughts I have when writing sexy scenes

April 28, 2016 Writing  No comments

As follows…

 

How do I describe this in a way that sounds more sensual than pornographic…

*Consults thesaurus*

Burning. Crashing. Fiery blaze. Waves cresting and breaking sharply.

Pure. Wild. Untamed.

Oh, there we go. Got it!

*Sits back and reads*

Damn, that’s good.

*Blushes*

Oh crap, my sister-in-law is going to read this when she edits this.

Awkward.

Oh my god, my mother-in-law is going to read this.

Oh god. Oh god.

Shit.

What am I doing?!

My grandma is going to read this.

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Finding beauty in brokenness

April 21, 2016 LifeWriting  No comments

Finding beauty in brokenness…

It’s a theme that runs through my work.

It’s my “brand” slogan.

 

But I feel the need to clarify…

When I talk about finding beauty in brokenness, it doesn’t mean that I believe things always need to be broken before you can find the good in them.

That everything happens for a reason.

Because I don't believe that.

Sometimes bad things just happen. For no apparent reason.

Or maybe, that reason is because you’re stupid and make bad decisions.

Hey, we’ve all been there.

 

What I mean to say, is that, acceptance is not approval.

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Feels a lot like dysfunction

April 14, 2016 Writing  No comments

I’ve always said that, to me, writing is like exorcising demons.

But no, not like, it is exorcising demons.

I just have to get it out. I can't not do it — a sentiment many artists have said in one form or another.

And it sounds so romantic, doesn’t it?

So poetic.

Can’t you picture the writer toiling away at his desk in the wee hours of the morning, pouring his heart out onto the page, burning that midnight oil?

Can’t you see the musician, guitar in hand, trying out chords, scribbling and crossing out lyrics in a worn notebook, rearranging pieces until the song is just right, until it says what he needs to say, how he needs to say it?

Can’t you

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Equilibrium

April 7, 2016 Writing  No comments

I currently find myself at the beginning of the 2nd revision of my current WIP. The 3rd draft.

It’s become clear to me throughout the writing process of this book and the last, that I have periods of intense work followed by periods of needing to be anywhere but at my computer.

I seesaw between one extreme and the other.

Literally, I go from being this book reading-writer-nerd who is more than content to live in my apartment and surround myself with worlds that are entirely fictional, to being convinced I need to go buy a farm out on 50 acres of land and be a homesteader.

Only to work that out of my system in a months time and return back towards equilibrium.

Regression towards the

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Writing Romance: Struggling with Plot & Structure

February 3, 2016 Writing  No comments

For the past five or six months I've been working my way through the second draft of my second novel (still no official title yet). 

And I'm happy to announce that the second draft is complete! (But, of course, there's still a minimum of three drafts to go.) 

I have made it out alive, but not, unfortunately, unscathed. 

When I first started working on this book, I knew the four major events (plot points, turning points) that happened. I knew the overall theme and feel of the story. I mostly knew the characters. But everything else, I let flow as I wrote. I let the characters take me to places I hadn't expected them to (which led to one particularly heart-wrenching scene). I let the characters reveal themselves to me in their own time (ah, I can't wait

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Breaking the rules: The Charm Necklace

February 2, 2016 Writing  No comments

I probably broke more than just the rules listed below, but these are the only ones that stick out to me. 

1.) Writing in first person point of view is the hardest to write. So you shouldn't try it for your first novel. Or, really ever, because your readers might have a hard time relating to your protagonist. 

I remember the first time I heard this at a writing conference. I was in the final stages of production and was about to publish. And this statement caught me totally by surprise. Because not only did I really enjoy writing in first person, it was the view I naturally wrote in. I wouldn't say it was easy or that I'm the best at it, but, for me, it was easier than writing in third person. (Which I did try for a chapter or two in the beginning efforts

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My Production Schedule for Publishing

February 2, 2016 Writing  One comment

If you've ever wondered how I go about writing and publishing a book, here's generally how I go about things: 

 

Research and Development Phase

Rough outline 

      Sketch out some scenes

Develop characters 

 

Write first draft 

        Take a break (a month is good. However, for my second book the break was about six months.)

 

Read through first draft 

     First, for overall coherence

     Then, to take notes and make corrections (no line editing allowed)

 

Second draft - Act 1 (outlining and plotting as I go)

      Send to Stephanie (my discerning, analytical, awesome sister-in-law who is doing me a huge favor by lending her eyes, brain, and insight through a developmental

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Be where you are: the myth of “figuring it out”

January 27, 2016 LifeWriting  4 comments

I find myself always trying to "figure things out". 

For the most part, whatever I'm trying to figure out is a preemptive attempt to thwart future anxiety by freaking the fuck out in the present in a scrambling attempt to solve a problem that isn't even a problem yet. 

It's like trying to figure out an answer when I don't even know what the question is. 

Let me give you an example. 

I'll try to figure out what kind of career I would pursue if my circumstances changed tomorrow. Would I go back to school? For Archeology, maybe? Or Anthropology? Or what about grad school for Psychology? Sociology? Could I picture myself as an Environmental Scientist? Maybe I'd just stick with Barnes and Noble. Or would that get old and unfulfilling after a while? WHAT WILL I

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The things I learned in 2015 & anti-resolution experiments for 2016

January 6, 2016 LifeWriting  No comments

2015 was a year of tremendous growth, movement, and discomfort. I think I learned more in those 365 days than in the entire four years of high school. Well, at least, for myself as an adult human person trying to navigate the world. 

 

I learned a lot about fear and guilt. And letting shit go. 

I learned a lot about trusting myself. And trusting the process. 

I learned a lot about who I am at the core - past all the obligations and expectations and baggage.

I learned that, hey, I am an artist. And I need to just accept this already because this back-and-forth shit is getting old. 

The past year has been a lot of chipping away at old, useless things and stripping away all the bullshit. 

And I needed to get to this place where, no matter

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