This year's NaNo project was (is) a sci-fi, gender-bent retelling of Snow White, with flavors of Treasure Planet thrown in for good measure, complete with an evil stepmother, a wild treasure hunt, and space pirates! It's very much a zero draft and there's still a lot of story to write, but doing some minor edits … Continue reading The Stars’ Favored Son: An Excerpt
Hello friends! Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed my fanfiction novel while I was gone. It feels like forever since I've written a regular post, and yet I also haven't had a day off from writing in weeks. I also hope you had a wonderful November! Did you participate in NaNoWriMo too? How did you … Continue reading NaNo 2019: What Now?
What is the best thing you could do for yourself right now? It’s almost poetic that this prompt caps off another set of 50 prompts. Over the course of the blog, I’ve taken a few breaks, several of them at some multiple of 50. I was always planning to take a break again for NaNo, … Continue reading Prompt 350-Self Care
Well, November is finally over. Did you spend it writing? How did you do? I hope you did better than me! I barely got to 13k. But that's 13k more than I had on October 31st. Every year I've done this has presented new challenges and this year was no exception. So here are some … Continue reading NaNo 2018: Lessons Learned
Well, we're just passed the midway point for NaNoWriMo. I am only about 23% of the way to 50k, but that's ok! I have worked on my story every day, even when that only meant writing 200 words as I was falling asleep before bed. I knew this NaNo was going to be a struggle, but I'm … Continue reading NaNo Update
Oh, hello there. If you're a regular reader of this blog you might be wondering what happened to Friday's post. And Sunday's post. If you're new here, well this isn't all that new of late. Life has gotten a bit hectic in the last couple months and I've been posting more sporadically, despite trying to … Continue reading A Wild Update Appears!
In the second module of the Setting course, we read Forever Overhead by David Foster Wallace. It is a short story about a boy on his 13th birthday at a swimming pool with his family. It is written in the second person. You are the boy. You are having your 13th birthday. You have made … Continue reading October Special: Habitual Ritual
The second course I took was the Craft of Setting & Description. Where the Craft of Style focused on word choice for meaning and clarity, the setting course really got to the atmosphere of a scene, the feeling and visual aspects that bring stories to life. It's definitely an aspect I struggle with. I need … Continue reading October Special: Slow Motion Moment
The second assignment for the Craft of Style course was a short-short narrative. The goal was to "add movements to still objects," to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It wasn't supposed to be longer than 2 pages, 600 words, give or take. The word count was stressed in the … Continue reading October Special: Cut It Out
I am taking 4 NaNo prep creative writing courses through Wesleyan University. The Craft of Style, The Craft of Setting & Description, The Craft of Character, and The Craft of Plot. There will also be a fifth course with a capstone project to tie everything together. The Style course was all about choosing your words … Continue reading October Special: Sensuous Description