I know a lot of random information, and I have the blessing-curse combo of being able to see every side of a problem. I figured I could put all this to good use. So I’ve introduced “the Well,” my contribution of knowledge to the world. Ask me anything—advice on a relationship problem, how to make your own jewelry, what book you should read next, how to properly use punctuation, whether the moon is made of cheese, etc. The world is your oyster, and I want nothing more than to help you harvest the pearl. So ask away! (more…)
Not too long ago, I saw a gallery show by the amazingly talented Richard Faust, in which he had drawn small animals with fun patterns and accompanied them with cute, inspirational sayings. It’s one of my great regrets that I didn’t buy one, so I’m hoping he does another similar show at some point. But one of the pieces I remember most clearly said in big letters, “don’t should yourself.” (more…)
How much research do you usually do before writing a novel? I’m sure it depends on the genre, but maybe not.
Thanks for the question, Kelly!
For me personally, I don’t usually do any research before writing a novel. It doesn’t matter the genre, though I’ve only really tried fantasy, contemporary, and YA. A book of essays or something more… research-based, for lack of a better term, would probably merit a little bit more, but I’m a pantser in the worst way. I would even occasionally start research papers in college before I actually did the majority of my research. (more…)
How do you incorporate details into a story? Like if it’s a fantasy, how do you balance world-building with plot and character development? If it’s set in a historical period, how do you make sure the details are accurate, necessary?
The most important element of worldbuilding is the knowledge that people will approach your world with only the understanding of their own world. If they’re an avid reader, they might have a broader vocabulary concerning worldbuilding, but you can’t rely on something a reader might or might not know. So as you introduce details of a foreign world, be it fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, alternate realities, what have you, always keep in the back of your mind how it relates to the here and now—the world to which your reader will unconsciously compare your world. (more…)
I’ve been feeling down and out and discouraged lately, hence the lack of posts. I have half-finished drafts and a list of ideas and notebook pages filled with snippets scattered everywhere, but I haven’t had the motivation to finish anything. I just don’t care. What’s the point of screaming my opinions into the void? All it does is add negativity to the world, because no one reads the positive posts. And when I see the people who are crazy popular in the blogosphere, I want nothing to do with them because all they do is post inane drivel. (more…)
Hello photo-loving friends! We’re back for another month with #jaguarsushimarch! We’re loving all the awesome photos you’ve been posting for #jaguarsushifebruary and we can’t wait to see what you come up with for next month!
For those of you who are new here (welcome!), Jaime @ Books and Waffles and I are hosting a bookstagram challenge, or, if you’re not into bookstagram, just a general Instagram photo challenge. If you don’t have Instagram—or are boycotting thanks to their new obnoxious algorithm—feel free to use it as a blog challenge, a writing challenge, anything! Do all the creative things! (more…)
Put your Kindle on airplane mode to keep library e-books as long as you want. If it’s not connected to the internet, it can’t return them.
If you’re working on a large project, listen to the same album or short playlist on repeat. That way it’ll fade to background music as you work, but when you’re lacking the motivation to start working on it again, turning on the music will kick your brain into action and picking it back up will be easy.
If you’re going to rant about something or explain to people how to do something, make sure you’re correct. Even if you’re mostly correct and have a really good point, that one little thing you don’t have right will shoot a hole in your argument so big you’ll never be able to come back from it—especially if you’re ranting on social media, where you have the time and ability to check yourself.