Writing

How to Build a Story from Nothing Using Pinterest Story-Boards

I’ve written about Pinterest story-boards a lot, and how much I enjoy making them. But all of those posts covered making boards for novels that already exist, or books you’d started planning beforehand. And it occurred to me: why not make a story-board for a story that hasn’t been written yet? That’s what we’re going over today: using story-boards to form stories out of nothing. Not only is this so much more fun than the other types of story-boards I’ve made, it’s a super-simple way to get yourself a new novel in less than an hour, and it could become a hobby or pastime because it’s so easy. So let’s get into it!… Read More How to Build a Story from Nothing Using Pinterest Story-Boards

"The Girl Who Frosts The Cakes", Writing

Sweet Tea and Rain – How I Became More Productive in My Writing

…Which is why I’m sharing this good news with you: I am doing so much better on my novel now. In the past 2-3 days, I’ve written thousands of words! That’s a pretty darn big deal for me. So, for the first time in months, I’m on track again!

Right now, my goal is to have the novel released on Amazon in October 2017.

I think this calls for a cupcake. Later.

For now, I want to tell you how I became so productive. Because it’d be wrong of me to keep all of this success to myself, huh?

So here’s the basics of what I did to become more productive… Read More Sweet Tea and Rain – How I Became More Productive in My Writing

Writing

Even More Plot Twist Ideas to Shock Your Reader

This is a rewrite of last year’s Plot Twist Ideas to Shock Your Reader. I referenced the original post for my own story (once my posts get old enough, I forget what I’d written 😉 ), but I didn’t find it very helpful. And thus, this rewrite was born!

Not everything in this post is necessarily a “plot twist” – some of them can just be referenced during your “Well, now what?” moments. Which is why I’ve sorted them from most to least drastic, so you can find just the right “twist” for your story!… Read More Even More Plot Twist Ideas to Shock Your Reader

Writing

9 Ways to be More Confident in Your Writing (as told in Post-It Notes)

Fun fact: the majority of my blog posts are totally unedited. I don’t even proofread!

Any time I think I’m not confident enough in my writing, I remember this fun fact. Because if I really despised my writing so much, why on earth would I be plastering this online for the whole world to see? And why would I restrain myself from disowning my least favorite stories? Why would I go through the trouble of setting up social media to get my writing noticed?

Another fun fact: I love Post-It Notes. Absolutely love. You could ask my family about it, and they’d say “Oh, yeah, she says she’s going to write her autobiography on a Post-It Note.* Not sure what’s up with that.” So in today’s post, we’re going to go over 8 ways to be more confident in your writing, by means of Post-It Notes!… Read More 9 Ways to be More Confident in Your Writing (as told in Post-It Notes)

Writing

Why Every Writer Needs to Have a Pinterest

Why has something as simple as Pinterest helped me grow as a writer? What are the real benefits of it? That’s exactly what we’re gonna talk about. I’ve written a few articles about Pinterest already, but those zero in on specific topics. Today we’re going to zoom out a little and take a look at the bigger picture, while answering this question: How can I, as a writer, benefit from Pinterest?… Read More Why Every Writer Needs to Have a Pinterest

Writing

My Best Advice to Young Writers – Publishing, Rewriting, & More

Hey, writers! I’ve spent the last few days constructing this hodgepodge of miscellaneous tips and advice. These are basically topics that aren’t expandable enough for their own posts just yet, but are still totally worth mentioning. This list is geared toward young writers, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an adult using it as… Read More My Best Advice to Young Writers – Publishing, Rewriting, & More

Writing

Writing Prompts Inspired by Spring & Summer Colors

Okay, so it’s not summer quite yet. But we’re just a couple months away, and I’m beyond ready to start drinking iced tea by the pool. I’ve been meaning to post some summery prompts lately, but I came up drier than my parched mouth in the sun. And, though this sounds irrelevant, I have been particularly into bright colors these past few days. Why not combine them?… Read More Writing Prompts Inspired by Spring & Summer Colors

Writing

Even MORE Character Development Points – 20 Fun Questions to Ask Your Characters

It’s incredible how real our characters begin to feel after a while, isn’t it? I created the characters in question eight months ago, at a dining table in Seattle. They’ve changed and grown so much since then, and I feel I know them from the inside out. Inspired by that thought: here are 20 fun questions you can ask your characters.… Read More Even MORE Character Development Points – 20 Fun Questions to Ask Your Characters