I want to challenge myself to write a blog post every day in April, but I couldn’t find a challenge that was the right fit. So I made one! I’ve broken the days into packs of 10 for ease of making a readable graphic. If it looks interesting to you, please give it a try and let me know if you enjoyed it! I’ve picked the hashtag #readerswhowrite since it hasn’t been used a lot recently. Continue Reading
My mother was in town this past week, and I seized the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of her side of the family. My great-grandfather died in 2001 and my grandfather died a few years ago, so I feel like my connections with Jamaica and Puerto Rico are slowly fading away. Those influences were so important as I was growing up, mostly in the form of food, clothing and my desire to learn Spanish, but they’ve moved into the background since I finished college and moved out on my own. Even more so once I got married and settled into a day job. While I vaguely knew I wasn’t okay with this, I realized that I was trying to reconnect with my childhood experiences through my characters in my writing. It was the prompt I needed to ask more questions. Continue Reading
I’d like to share an experience in which I learned first hand why an author platform is so important to have even before you’ve published any work.
One of the writers I follow on Twitter posted a Follow Friday tweet advertising a few writers. As an unpublished writer, I like to follow and interact with other writers who seem to be doing writerly things, although that doesn’t have to be their only interest. I visited those that responded to his post with a “thank you.” Let’s contrast two of the profiles I viewed. Continue Reading
As I’ve started planning my novel (yes, I’m a Planner), I’ve found it helpful to draft a timeline to keep track of when important events happen in relation to each other. I also hope that it helps with pacing and plot advancement. Yesterday, as I was doing some hardcore thinking about my story, I realized that some of the events I want to include need an extended timeline to build them up. For example, the main character may have a hobby she becomes talented at that then becomes a point of conflict with a parent. So I began drafting a multi-story timeline. Elements mentioned in passing when we first meet our protagonist later become conflicts that develop her character. Continue Reading
I had a minipiphany (mini-epiphany) today while doing some world-building for my current project. I discovered that world-building can lead to plot development. I have a habit of creating worlds and characters I love but being unable to figure out any interesting plots in which to use them. There was no objective for my character to work toward and no conflict in their way. Today I finally started jotting down the world-building ideas that had been rattling around in my head for days, and it lead to a eureka plot moment. I know the conflict! I know the goal! My character has something to DO. Continue Reading
Yesterday’s post was a bit heavy, so let’s keep things light today. How about early Christmas presents? Anyone know what they’re getting yet, or have you gotten yourself a little somethingsomething? I have something! *dances around* My husband gave me an early present of a DSLR camera, something I’ve wanted since my SLR became defunct with the advent of digital cameras a few years after I got it. I’m so excited! I’ve been using it every evening to get familiar with it and been watching tutorials for it on YouTube. Continue Reading
Ah, Club McGuffin. Such a great name. But superfluous. I don’t need to separate my writing into an entirely different blog site that requires its own upkeep. I can just create a “writing journal” on The Space Bar. I’ve already lost the posts from Club McGuffin once, and I think that dampened my spirit for the site. Continue Reading