First-Person Narration: Hardships and Possible Triumphs

My Struggles with Writing in First-Person I explained a bit on my website about this experience with my current WIP. The largest reason is my lack of experience writing in first-person (third was always a personal favorite, especially when it’s limited), but also the laziness that crept in. If you’re a … Continue Reading →


Writing Playlist: Songs of Strength

I recently attended a memorial service for someone gone far too soon. The loss of one so beloved, plus my friends, bereaved but staying strong, have inspired me to focus more closely on what matters in my life. I never took myself to be the sort of person who takes … Continue Reading →


Using Archetypes in Your Story

What is an archetype? Carl Jung, in all of his psychoanalytic wisdom, theorized that we all have, within us, shared experiences within what he termed the collective unconscious–that we all have, deep down, similar feelings and reactions and desires. This comes through with archetypes–identifiable characters, themes, motifs, symbols, etc–that manifest through storytelling. Every culture … Continue Reading →


Mapping Your Novel with Scrivener and Scapple

Opinions vary quire a bit on the subject of outlining before writing. Some people prefer to create the world and then see where the characters take them. Some follow a very strict outline. I think I fall somewhere in between. My dear friend Lady Hawkeye discussed this matter in her post … Continue Reading →


Writing Advice: How Do You Separate the Good from the Bad?

Seeking Words of Wisdom I enjoy learning about various writing techniques and tips from other writers, especially those who have tried various methods and figured out what works best for them. Sometimes the advice I read comes through loud and clear (and it’s usually the common sense advice, like outlining … Continue Reading →