I’m Still Here and Trying to Write

Hi friends,


I just wanted to give a quick update that I’m still around. I have plans to work on my superhero novel in September and finish Signs of the Hunted in October. If I don’t make those goals, I’ll be doing it it for NaNo. I would rather not start another project, while I have two unfinished for right now. However, I’ve always used NaNo to start a brand new project, so we shall see. I hope to do another blog post about a movie I found very inspiring this past summer. It truly inspired me, so I’ll try to do that soon.

Good luck to you and your projects.


A Villain is (Usually) the Hero of His Own Story

A really good post on villains.

Build a Villain Workshop

Why is a videogame like that such an exciting idea? Really, why does that merit a Stephen Colbert meme? I want you to think about that question, not just read it, assume it’s rhetorical, and move on to the rest of the article.

Did you think about the question? Goodness, minion, go back and think about the question like I told you to! (By the by – I’ve actually played such a game. I can’t tell you what game because obviously that would spoil the ending. But I was kind of left staring at my computer screen wondering what I had done. WHAT HAD I DOOOONE!?)

We’ve already said, quite a few times, that motive is everything. This is so much the case that if your villain’s motive is stupid, chances are good that your villain is, too. If his motive is cliche, chances are that he’s cliche too. So…

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Do You Need An Author Website?

Hi friends,

The answer is that it is basically up to you and what you want to get out of it.

I’m going to talk a little bit about having an author website and what that entails. I’ve been doing a lot of research about this because I was curious. I was already advised by my career advisor in college to start this blog, so that I would have a place to talk about my writing, the process, and to meet other writers. I’m glad she suggested it to me because it has been a great way to meet fellow writers but to also give me the motivation I needed. Anyway, as I did research about whether an unpublished author needed a website, I came across this article by Jane Friedman, 3 Reasons to Have a Website If You’re Unpublished.  She is a must to follow for future writers. I have spent many a time, reading through her articles.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2013

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been a long time since my last post. I’m sorry about that. Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up for the month of July. I’m definitely participating in this one as well. I won the last Camp NaNoWriMo in April by meeting my goal of 25,000 words. I have decided to set another goal of 25,000 words. I will be continuing my fantasy short story collection because I did meet the goal, but I am far from finished.

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On Using Pinterest

Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could come from a song, a photo, a movie, or a line in your favorite book. It could be anywhere. All you have to do is pay attention. Believe it or not, I get my best inspiration, when I’m getting ready to go to sleep, or when I’m getting up in the morning. Sometimes I just lay there and ideas hit me one after another. Then, I have to scurry and write it down in my writing journal, so I don’t forget.

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The Cover Letter

If you’re preparing to send your short stories or poetry out into the literary magazine world and the like, you may read their submission guidelines. Some of them may ask for a cover letter.  The cover letter is very different from the query. What I’ve read is that the query is best suited for your novel submissions, so it has an excuse to be long. However the opposite is true for your cover letter. From the research I’ve gathered, it’s best to keep it short and sweet.

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