Something I am struggling with when writing A Year in Mondays has been the balance between my personal experiences, the overarching experience of having children, and Julie’s specific story. It is difficult sometimes to separate my experiences (and those of people around me) from those I have read on the internet, for example. So in… Continue reading Universal vs Personal Experiences
A Study in Serialization
As I was finishing the last chapters of my first posted novel, Slow Motion Whirlwind, I was pondering how the book would do on the serialization site that I was posting it on. That’s a story for another post, but while all of that was happening, I was suddenly struck with an idea for a… Continue reading A Study in Serialization
Writing As Improvisation
When I agreed to co-write this book with Allie, I’ll admit I was extremely nervous. I had checked out her stories so I knew she could write, and we'd talked a bit so I knew she was nice, but we had “known” each other for all of fifteen minutes when we started drafting the story.… Continue reading Writing As Improvisation
How We Created Characters
Once we had the very skeleton plot organized, Allie and I moved into creating our two main characters. This is where things got tricky because we worked by consensus. What I mean by that is if we didn’t agree on something, we kept looking until we found something that we did agree on. We work… Continue reading How We Created Characters
What is Co-Writing?
The “how I got the idea for this story” post is going to be a little different for this story because I didn’t get the idea, Allie did! I was scrolling the writer forums one day and found a post Allie made looking for someone interested in co-writing a cute Christmas story with her. Those… Continue reading What is Co-Writing?
My First NaNoWriMo
I admit my first experience with NaNoWriMo was probably not the typical experience. I stumbled into it purely by accident. I think that maybe should be the tagline for Slow Motion Whirlwind. "I stumbled into it by accident." It works for me and it works for Emmeline. But that's literally a whole separate story so… Continue reading My First NaNoWriMo
The idea for Slow Motion Whirlwind was actually brought on by my finding wattpad. A friend of mine showed me the site because he knows I have been attempting to write my novel for several years and love to procrastinate with reading. I went to check it out and really wanted to give writing there… Continue reading Finding Inspiration