I really enjoy making up sayings for worldbuilding. But there are three aspects of it that are especially fun. What I Love about Creating Colloquialisms for My Book 1. Designing the Evolution of the Original Meaning Sayings change as culture changes. Either words get replaced by similar sounding words because the phrase is heard rather … More The Best Parts of Making Up Sayings for Worldbuilding
Have you ever tried writing lying down? Lying on your back with a laptop on your stomach or chest and typing away? It’s not very practical or efficient, is it? Lying on your stomach isn’t much better. You end up kind of doing a back bend upwards to see the screen. Plus, you have to … More Writing Lying Down
I know, I know. It’s not usually my thing, but I’m having trouble focusing this week. And when I can’t focus, I can’t write to my normal background noise. You know – stand up comedians, Studio Ghibli, broadway, etc. Right now, even wordless music is too much. I start paying attention to it instead of … More Writing in Silence
Mood: Dramatic. :-p Or something. I’ve been writing to broadway music instead of my usual anime or background movie. Sometimes, I even leave a mix of broadway on shuffle. Now, that gets dramatic. Here’s an example: “Too Much Exposition“ “Move On“ “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Did you know that was originally ragtime?) “Popular“ “Cellblock … More Writing to Broadway This Week
I don’t get people. I really don’t (the last few years have really hammered that home). And that’s a problem because books are all about people, especially romance novels. So I’ve been thinking – maybe I could use reddit for research. Not just reading existing sections (although that’s definitely a lesson in human behavior) but … More Does Anyone Use Reddit for Research?
You hear about people writing on their lunch breaks, and maybe their lunch breaks are different from mine. I’m not sure I’d be able to write at lunch at work. I especially can’t see writing romance novels in public places like that. First off, I don’t like people looking over my shoulder when I work. … More Writing Romance Novels in Public Places
I’m not used to writing out of order. I’ve always written my stories from beginning-to-end as they’ll appear in the final product. Thanks to my plot oops, however, I find myself having to rearrange scenes, and I’m a bit worried about continuity. Actually, that’s not really accurate. It’s not so much that the order of … More Continuity & Writing Out of Order
I thought deadline pressure would be a good thing (motivating me to finish the book). Now, I’m not so sure. Perhaps, it’s only because my anxiety is extraordinarily high at the moment anyway, but the closer I get to my deadline, the more I worry I’m not going to make it. Which is ridiculous, honestly, … More Deadline Pressure
I know I mentioned this before, but I second-guess myself about it a lot. Having read many very complicated books, I start to wonder, “Is My Plot Too Simple? Do I need to add some potential suspects or red herrings? Subplots?” Honestly, the answer is probably, “Yes.” But in my saner moments, I realize that … More Is My Plot Too Simple?
As my deadline gets closer, I find myself asking 2 questions: 1. Am I really going to be able to finish by the end of June? and 2. What happens after I finish the first draft? Then, what? I guess, technically, that’s 2.5 questions…, and, FYI, I’ve decided that the answer to question #1 is … More What Happens After I Finish the First Draft?