Since starting this website, I’ve labelled myself as a Contemporary Romance and Chick Lit writer.  To an extent, that is exactly what I am.  The only novel I’ve completed is definitely contemporary romance.  The novel I was working on when I opened this site (which has since fallen by the wayside) was also a Contemporary Romance. My next novel?  Fantasy.  Young adult fantasy. For now, I figure, this is an okay thing.  I’m writing this for fun before if I see if it goes anywhere.  I am writing it for National Novel Writing Month. But when I publish, if I publish this, is there goingRead More →

So here I am asking for some more advice. I love music, but I have my own niche.  That niche, surprisingly enough, is showtunes.  I can’t get enough of them.  (No, I have NOT listened to Hamilton yet.  I WANT to, so bad, but I want to wait until I actually get to see it.  If I ever actually get to see it.)  They’re fantastic because they tell a story.  And they have some great voices and melodies that go along with them. The problem is that I don’t venture too far away from my niche.  I listen to some indie, some classic rock, someRead More →

Do you ever get a great idea for what you’re going to write (yes, I know that I just updated about writer’s block, but something came to me in a dream!  No, really.), and you get so excited, and then you sit down to write it.. and there are all sorts of problems? A part of me hates the beginning of the writing process, all of that planning.  Because it can be so hard, a complete obstacle to getting to the fun part.  You have all of these ideas, but you need to make them make sense, right?  And sometimes that is just not fun.Read More →

There have probably been thousands or millions of blogs written about writer’s block.  I hate being one of those people who adds to it, but I can’t help it.  I’m so frustrated.  I spend weeks planning a new story, and I start writing… And it all falls apart.  This is the second time it has happened in the past few months. I know I shouldn’t push it.  I don’t want to push it.  When I write, I want it to be something I’m proud of.  But I have so many ideas in my head that I want to get out on paper.  And I wantRead More →

It’s only taken a couple of years, but I finally, FINALLY, convinced one of my friends to beta read my first novel.  She read it in a night (which, I mean, I don’t write super in-depth stuff, no surprise), and she kept on texting me about how much she loved it, how great it was (not to brag or anything). And I trust her.  She’s one of my best friends, and I really trust her. This morning, she sent me her notes.  I read them first thing when I woke up.  And I felt… angry. Your main character needs some more obvious flaws. She hasRead More →

Do you ever envision your life in the movies? I don’t mean picturing you yourself in the movies, starring alongside Johnny Depp or Halle Berry or whatever.  But more, do you picture yourself as one of the characters in the movie that you’re watching?  Do you imagine what your life would be like if you were that character?  Because I do. And I sound totally pathetic. But hear me out.  As a teacher (who loves her job) slash summer camp counselor (maybe not so much) with no significant other and not much of a social life, there comes times when I like to lose myselfRead More →

When I started this site, I told myself that I was going to be active.  I want to meet and interact with other authors.  And I want to get advice for my own stuff.  I was going to be so good about it.  It was going to be great. Then real life happened. It’s the end of the school year for my students.  In fact, they start their final tomorrow.  In an ordinary year, this would be hectic anyway, what with final grades and students needing to study and the fact that our school has NO AC (humidity and I are NOT friends). BUT.  IRead More →

There are always stories in my head.  In fact, there are often more stories than I can keep track of most of the time.  I’ve loved writing since I was a little kid with my nose stuck in my first chapter book.  I’ve always written for fun, and I love it. Unfortunately, I also love my day job.  I’m a teacher, and as crazy and hectic as it can be, I love it.  I love the kids and the struggles and the chaos.  I love being that completely nerdy teacher that my students roll their eyes about. But here is the problem.  Teaching and writingRead More →