2017 Year-End Reflection AND 10 Reasons Why I Plan on 2018 Being Even Better!

Soon, the year 2018 will roll on in. Looking back to all that I've accomplished, in spite of the struggle and medical hardships (yup, maybe I'll share that someday), I can finally admit that I'm amazed and proud of myself. Before I sat down to type this post, I had to think back on every … Continue reading 2017 Year-End Reflection AND 10 Reasons Why I Plan on 2018 Being Even Better!

Stellaluna, The Evolution of Picture Books, and the Excuse of Short Attention Spans

  Earlier today I visited my local Barnes & Noble to purchase The Book. This book shall remain a mystery until a future post. 🙂 Anyway, I enjoyed a lovely conversation with a grandmother who is also a writer. She popped into the bookstore to purchase the gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written picture book, "Stellaluna" … Continue reading Stellaluna, The Evolution of Picture Books, and the Excuse of Short Attention Spans

Man vs. Self – A Guide to Writing Internal Conflict

REBLOGGED R. Morgan Stories post! *New follower alert, Morgan!*

Tinta y Mente

One of the classic conflicts in literature is Man vs. Self, where the characters have to face the inner demons lurking in their psyche. However, as much as an internal conflict is a pivotal tool for a strong story, it can also be the most taunting aspect, especially when the author has not necessarily gone through the inner conflict they want to represent on their character.

From a psychological point of view, I want to present some different internal conflicts that various authors have proposed. While not all of us can relate to every single one, being able to understand how they work and how they manifest on a character can give us authors many more tools to play with while writing.

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed psychologist and while I encourage playing with different theories while developing characters, take it with a grain of salt if you decide…

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New York Literary Magazine: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Wow. REBLOGGED! Thanks to Foz Meadows for alerting fellow writers about the NYLM scam! I spied one of these emails, but sensed it was a scam and I’m so GLAD I didn’t pay the entry fee! Sometimes, being in a crappy mood pays off.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

It’s not every day that I’m indirectly accused of ruining someone’s business, but 2017 has been a hell of a year.

On Christmas Day, I – along with many other writers in the SFF community – received an email from something called the New York Literary Magazine, informing me that I’d been nominated for their Best Story Award. For a number of reasons, both the email and the site to which it directed me pinged as fishy, not least because nominees were directed to pay a submission fee in order to be eligible for the award itself. In response, I ended up writing this Twitter thread about it. Many other writers chimed in – some of whom had paid the fee, most of whom had not – and the whole thing was quickly reported to Writer Beware as a scam, or at the very least as an operation to be…

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What Do Recurring Themes Say About You as a Writer?

According to HowStuffWorks.com, Many people have the same or a similar dream many times, over either a short period of time or their lifetime. Recurring dreams usually mean there is something in your life you've not acknowledged that is causing stress of some sort. ... In this case, the dreams tend to lessen with time. I've had recurring dreams, but the … Continue reading What Do Recurring Themes Say About You as a Writer?

The Priceless Importance of Leaving a Book Review!

I have a lot of New Year's resolutions for 2018 and I plan on sharing them in upcoming posts! One of goals is to write more often on this blog, even if it's really brief. Another goal I have is to write more book reviews. It's important to support other authors. Books are important and … Continue reading The Priceless Importance of Leaving a Book Review!

10 Ways to Survive Your Day Job

REBLOGGED from original author’s blog. I can relate to this. A LOT. 🙂

A Writer's Path

by Phoebe Quinn

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that being a full-time writer, a fully-fledged author, is one of your dream scenarios. Working for yourself and doing what you love – it couldn’t get better.

Unfortunately, most of us have a day job, and it may not be that great.

My employment record hasn’t been awash with jobs I’ve sprang from my bed for each day; in fact, I’ve only had one job that I truly enjoyed. My current job is one of the worst I’ve had (coming second only to the private mental healthcare company who paid me five thousand pounds less than the living wage for working 48-hour weeks and asking me to devise and deliver therapies to adults with serious mental health problems, with no training or adequate supervision).

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