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Why I Decided Not to Self-Publish

As I’m writing this blog, I’ve now sent out over two dozen queries to literary agencies, looking for representation for my first novel, Artifact of the Dawn. Finding an agent is merely one of the many steps on the journey of trying to become a published author. I could have just self-published this novel, which is the route I chose for the children’s book I wrote a few years ago, Dittle Little Lion and Dittle Little Bear, the Adventure to Coconut Island. I am more than familiar enough with the process of self-publishing now. Holding the first copy of that book in my hands and receiving the official copyright notice from the US Copyright Office was a great accomplishment for me at the time. I know many new authors these days are opting to self-publish. However, I will admit that marketing is not one of my strong suits, and that’s a Read More

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Writing Fan Fiction

Besides the original novel I’ve written, I’ve also spent a lot of time writing fan fiction since early 2015. When I first began to write fiction, I started with fan fiction. The video game series Dragon Age has inspired me to write stories more than any other fandom had before. To date, I have written fifty fan fiction works, ranging in size from 100 words to 87,000 words, for a cumulative of nearly 635,000 words. What is Fan Fiction? Fan fiction stems from the desire of various fans of a particular movie, television series, book or video game to see certain storylines play out. If you have ever been a fan of something and asked yourself “what if that didn’t happen that way?” then you have the potential idea of a fan fiction story. Most fan fiction stories are borne out of what-if scenarios fans would love to see, but Read More

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My Writing Process

Besides blogging, I write both original and fan fiction. I have a different approach to my process for each type of writing that I do. I know every writer has their own process that works best for them, but I wanted to share my process for the writing that I do. Blogging When I’m blogging, I just let the words flow. I sit down and open a new post and start writing. Only three things need to be in place before I can really start; the topic, the title, and the featured image. Coming up with a topic is always my first priority. Once I decide on one, you would think I could begin, but I’ve always struggled to write if I didn’t have a title first, and for my blogs, I like to have selected an image to accompany them. Once those two elements are in place, I just Read More

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Writing First-Person, Second-Person or Third-Person in Fiction

When I write fictional stories, regardless of genre, I tend to write either from the third-person or third-person limited, perspective. While I naturally blog in first-person, I’ve never been comfortable writing fiction in first or second-person. So what exactly does it mean to write in first-person, second-person or third-person? Writing from the first-person perspective means that you write using the word “I” and you are writing from your (or the protagonist’s) perspective. Second-person focuses on “you,” while third-person use he/she/they pronouns and is written from the point-of-view of a narrator. Here are some examples: First Person: I woke up and rubbed the sleep from my eyes. Second Person: You woke up and rubbed the sleep from your eyes. Third Person: He woke up and rubbed the sleep from his eyes. When writing fiction, I personally find it very unnerving to write in the first-person, as if I were the protagonist. Read More

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When the Words Won’t Come

Some days the words flow from my fingers like a water fall. Other days it feels as if the well has completely dried up. Sometimes I’m trying to work on a new chapter for a fan fiction story I’m writing, other days editing my novel or even just wanting to write a blog post. Yet, for the life of me, the words just fail me and I can’t seem to find a way to write what is in my head. I know many other writers who run into this problem, which is colloquially known as Writers’ Block. When it happens to me, I do one of the following things. Work on another piece of writing for awhile. I often have several fan fiction stories in progress at the same time. Spend some time focusing on something else entirely. Reading, taking a walk, doing chores around the house. Replaying parts of Read More

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Why Must We Be Miserable?

I ran into a situation yesterday that still has me slightly upset and confused. I am a member of several writers’ groups on Facebook, and yesterday someone posted a silly meme that compared the writing process with jogging and the desire to just give up and die (the post was taken down so I don’t have the exact wording, but that was the gist of the post). I commented on the post, stating that I couldn’t relate since I cannot jog because of health reasons and that writing gives me joy. That’s when one of the group members outright attacked me, stating that if writing doesn’t make me miserable, then I must not know how to write or have ever written anything of length. I countered with the fact that I have written over 585,000 words of fan fiction, and I have completed my first novel. She continued to deride Read More

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My Love Affair With the Written Word

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve loved words. Reading came first. I loved stories, but my family didn’t have enough time to read to me as much as I wanted. So when I had an epiphany at the age of four while watching a phonics segment on Sesame Street, I immediately ran to grab one of my storybooks and proceeded to teach myself how to read. I still remember how shocked my grandmother was when I insisted I read to her. After that I was voracious, reading everything I could get my hands on, eventually finding my mother’s collection of Barbara Cartland novels. By then I was in the first grade and my teacher found the novel and immediately called my family and insisted they provide me with more appropriate reading material. That is what led to my love of science-fiction, when my mother gave me her Read More