The Chapter from Hell

Nine months. That's how long I've been working on one chapter. Granted, that one chapter has turned into four chapters now, but still... NINE MONTHS! I now have half a chapter left and that section will be done. HALF A FREAKING CHAPTER!!! Why is it so hard! And it has been hard. I've gotten myself … Continue reading The Chapter from Hell

Review of 2019 and Goals for 2020

2019 Stats: "All Light and Darkness" outline complete about 30,000 new words and 25,000 revised 3 submissions and 0 sales Goals from 2019: 2 new short stories 20 submissions 1 pro sale I am no longer writing short stories.  Short stories requires a direct and fast-moving plot with stream-lined world-building. Novels require immersive details and … Continue reading Review of 2019 and Goals for 2020

My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Previously, I mentioned a little about my introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy. My first science fiction experience was The White Mountains, the first book of The Tripods series by John Christopher.  My 4th grade teacher read it aloud. When she finished reading it, she read the first chapter of the second … Continue reading My Reading Heritage; My Writing History

Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

Review of 2018 Newly written: 3 short stories, 2 flash fiction, and 1 novel (1st draft) 29 submissions (0 acceptances; 32 rejections (4 carried over from 2017); 1 pending) Goals from 2018: 3 new short stories 30 submissions 1 pro sale (WOTF doesn’t count) Complete a novel no matter how badly it turns out. (10 … Continue reading Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

My Outlining Process

It's been some time since I wrote a post. That's because I've been spending every moment of spare time I have writing. I've been more productive over the last two months than I was all summer. In large part, because of a new outlining process I've been using. I've tried outlines before. I tried the … Continue reading My Outlining Process

Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group

In July, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. A friend of mine, Darci Rhoades Stone, whom I met at the Writers of the Future workshop in April (and the Grand Prize winner of Writers of the Future Vol. 34), invited me to attend Brandon Sanderson’s private writing group while I was vacationing in Utah. … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s Writing Group

My Writing Process

Up until a few months ago, I always thought I was an outline writer. You know, plan the beginning, middle, end -- double check themes, conflict, and character story arch. Sub-headings. Sub-headings of sub-headings. Bullet points. Looked something like this: 1. instigating conflict A. main character wants... -scene: B. main enemy is? C. main character … Continue reading My Writing Process

Inspiration for “All Light and Darkness”

"All Light and Darkness" was inspired by the Israel-Hezbollah War that broke out in Lebanon in 2006, just before my senior year of high school. Somehow, my hormone-soaked teenage brain caught on this conflict, and I found myself delving into the details, particularly the plight of the refugees. It was the first time I woke up … Continue reading Inspiration for “All Light and Darkness”

The Writing of “All Light and Darkness”

"All Light and Darkness" began as a final project for my college Creative Writing class. It was not speculative fiction originally and lacked much of the refinement the published version has (hopefully). However, the voice and format were there, as well as the plot. When I first decided to pursue the Writers of the Future … Continue reading The Writing of “All Light and Darkness”

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story

Personally, I was so excited for this challenge. I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids under five years old. I have practically no time for writing. Getting to write for a whole twenty-four hours seemed like a dream come true. Honestly, I still feel like that. I wish I could write all the time--all day--every … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story