If I had to choose one part of the writing process as my absolute favorite, it would be characterization. Creating characters is one of my favorite things to do. The way they come to life with their own personalities and backstories is truly magical! That being said, sometimes it's hard to get into the mind … Continue reading 30 Character Interview Questions
It couldn't be an (unofficial) series on publishing if we didn't discuss both publishing paths, now would it? So, where to start? Many people know how traditional publishing works, and they trust the process, but I think a bunch of people don't consider self publishing because they don't trust it. Will my story be seen? … Continue reading Traditional Vs. Self-Publishing
When you ask an author what the hardest part of publishing a story is, you will get a mixture of answers. Some say the rewriting and editing process is awful, some say the actual writing is the worst, some say the plotting. But one thing that all writers struggle with is making the final decision … Continue reading Knowing When Your Story Is Ready
*coming at you one day early to announce.* IT'S HEREEEEEEEE! The moment I’ve been looking forward to for the LONGEST time: I get to share the sequel’s name with you guys! Before I tell y'all I just want to say that I'm so honored that you guys have stuck with me in this publishing journey. … Continue reading Name Announcement!
So now that you know how I start a new writing project, the next logical post is expectations for your first draft. Of course, all first drafts will be different, but these are general guidelines for those of you who are writing or will write your first draft. Know that the first draft won't be … Continue reading First Draft Expectations
The secret's out. I've officially started writing the sequel to In Wildcat Hollow! Of course, starting a sequel isn't nearly as hard as starting a book from scratch! With a sequel, you already know the characters, setting, and plot (hopefully!) But I figured, since I'm starting a new book (it is a new book after … Continue reading How I Start a New Writing Project
You guys I can't believe it. It's 2021. My mind is blown. The year has flown by and crawled by simultaneously (which I didn't know was possible, but hey, it was 2020). But now it's 2021 and I'm very excited. You know, "New year, new me." I have many goals and dreams for 2021, and … Continue reading 2021 Goals and Dreams
Some of you may remember I blogged about my favorite books in 2020 in June, but I figured I needed to update y'all on what I've read since then. Honestly, I haven't read very many books since then (does writing a book count?), but the ones I have read were very good. Unplanned by Abby … Continue reading My Favorite Books 2020 Pt. 2
Wow you guys! I'm officially a published author! I'm no longer required to write "aspiring" in front of "author" in my biographies because I'm an actual author! It still doesn't seem real, but it is! In Wildcat Hollow is now available on Amazon. And, you'll never guess what has already happened. In Wildcat Hollow has … Continue reading In Wildcat Hollow’s Release!
Hi there! It's been a hot minute since I posted (life has been crazy). If you are new, welcome, and if you are returning, thank you! Today's tip will be about 4 character tropes I don't like, the reason why I don't like it, and how you can change the trope if you absolutely need … Continue reading 4 Character Tropes And When (And When Not) To Use Them
Hey there again! I know what you must be thinking: why does she keep updating us on her progress? Shouldn't she be writing? I know, I know. It's getting kinda boring. This is the last update until I get my manuscript back from beta readers at the end of August, however. So just hang in … Continue reading Update on In Wildcat Hollow – July
Hey y'all! Thanks for letting me take a break last week. I was with family and didn't have a whole lot of time to write a blog post. I'll try to keep to my posting schedule normal these next few weeks, but it's gonna be hard. I'm out of town again next week, so probably … Continue reading My Favorite Books 2020 pt. 1
Every writer who has ever written any form of a story has had the task of creating original characters. There is no getting around it, and there is no way to cheat (taking another author's characters is frowned upon). But there is a way to make it easier for those of us who have trouble … Continue reading Where to Find Character Inspiration
Hey y'all! It is the first week of June, which means that I should begin my second edits this week! Well I actually have a confession to make - I began my second edits last week. You lieeeeeeeed! I know, I'm a terrible person. But I was just too excited to dive back into my … Continue reading Update on WIP – June
Writer's Block: when your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you.Above found on Pinterest with no credits given. *chuckles* Why is this so perfect? Writers block is a huge topic discussed between authors. Some say that writers block is an imaginary hindrance that does not truly exist. Some believe it is a psychological block when … Continue reading Writer’s Block and Inspiration
Hey y'all. So I kept thinking about it over the weekend, and I have officially decided to begin giving my writing advice and tips on this website. Beginning next week, I will be putting out blog posts about time management, things that help my creativity, websites I've found that help me stay organized, blogs that … Continue reading Coming Changes . . .
Alright you guys. Confession time. I've been having some trouble coming up with relatable, original content for my blog that is not always directly associated with my WIP (because, let's be honest, I could talk about my WIP alllll dayyyy longggg, but not everyone wants to hear about that). Now, of course, my WIP is … Continue reading A Question
He walked boldly. But not too boldly; he didn't want to seem suspicious. He walked a little less boldly. But not too little; he didn't want to look guilty. He walked casually. As casual as possible, anyway. It was agonizing to pretend to be innocent when in fact he was breaking the law. The Russian … Continue reading “The Meeting”
Fleeing assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head . . . and his world goes black.From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with … Continue reading Book review: The Circle Series
Hey, y'all! Has everyone been okay these past few weeks? (Months? Years? Everything's pooling together. I can't remember what day it is anymore). I hope y'all have been doing well, maybe finding some new hobbies or diving into some past, old, dormant hobbies. Anyway, I've been blog tagged! Thank you, Cressida , for tagging me; … Continue reading “Never Have I Ever” Blog Tag
Hey y’all! So you remember when I mentioned in my last post that I have a new WIP (work in progress) that I’ve been wanting to share with you? Well, I’m about to do just that. So sit back, relax, maybe get a hot cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy reading about the book … Continue reading New WIP!
Hey guys. How’s life been to you? I know it seems like I disappeared off the face of the earth for nearly a year. Sorry about that. I don’t have a very good excuse for it except laziness and forgetfulness. I had planned on posting more and I actually ended up posting less so that … Continue reading My Return! (And An Apology)
Ellie did live a strange life, no doubt about that. The only problem was, no one knew. To her best friends, Carli and Hallie, and to her boyfriend, Brady, she was just another normal person. But she knew things no one else did. She could see people's life spans. It normally appeared over their heads, … Continue reading “The Infinity Sign”
One of my favorite things to read are quotes. I love everything about them. They turn the hardest concepts to understand into something very physical and easy to grasp. I had to research and write some famous quotes for a school project late into the second semester this past school year, and these are some … Continue reading My Favorite Quotes
Hi guys! Today I have decided to interview one of the main characters of my book, Lightning Eyes. There are eight main characters, not including the three evil main characters. I'm still not sure I'm going to let them do an interview (they tend to make things unnecessarily dark). My first interview will be from … Continue reading Character Interview – Kaleb Garrett
First off, thank you so much to Acacia for nominating me for this tag! I've been on a family vacation the past two weeks and have not been able to post anything, but now I'm back so you can expect the normal schedule (if you can consider my random and irregular postings a "schedule") Rules … Continue reading Random Tag
I would like to thank Acacia for nominating me for this award. This is my first time being nominated because I haven't had a blog until this one, so I'm still not sure what this is for and everything . . . but awards are fun so here we go! Rules: Thank the person who … Continue reading Versatile Blogger Award
How long have I been here? Where has everyone gone? It's so dark and cold down here. I don’t remember anything. Where . . . Where is everyone? Surely I’m not alone. Surely I wouldn’t come here by myself. But did I? Where am I anyway? This dark cylinder is creepy. Am I being held … Continue reading “How Long Have I Been Here?”
King Takeshi leaned on his bloody sword and breathed deeply. The witch screeched and flew at him, narrowly missing him by inches. He flinched but did nothing to protect himself as she tried another attack and failed. After missing him again and tumbling to the ground, again, the witch screamed a curse to King Takeshi … Continue reading “Kymbre, Warrior Queen Of Kala’an”
I wasn't always the one being hunted. I used to be a Hunter. But ever since I saved her, the roles changed. I had become the hunted. Her name was Kasia, I remember clearly. She made me call her Kas because she hated the name Kasia. Kas and I were inseparable. We laughed and played … Continue reading “The Hunted”
Gabby had ignored the annoying Landon until he stole her pink, plastic ring. . . again. She screamed, jumped off the swing, and chased Landon around the school playground. The teachers ignored Gabby's yells and screams for help; this had already happened before. Landon loved teasing Gabby, especially since she was so easy to make … Continue reading “Goodbye Ring”
Hello Faithful Librarians! Those of you who have been following my blog will notice it has gone through some major changes lately. MAJOR. CHANGES. The name, fonts, background colors, pictures, posts, and content of my website has changed. So, pretty much anything that made my website unique has been changed. It's practiacally a brand new website. … Continue reading A Few Changes . . .
Welcome to The Library, a place to escape normal human trials and dive into tales of dragons, mermaids, princesses, knights, fairies, and talking squirrels. Well, maybe not talking squirrels. My name is Ari D., the author of In Wildcat Hollow (a book I am working on but have not published). I’m super excited to finally be able … Continue reading Welcome!