Category Archives: Thoughts on Writing

Time for that Yearly Goal-setting Ritual

New year, new writing goals. Finish the sequel to The Hummingbird Familiar. -Write, edit, and release before the end of the year. -I’ve made some great progress on the first draft in the past couple months. I’m more than halfway … Continue reading

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Rethinking This Blog

I know I haven’t updated for a few weeks. It’s not lack of motivation that has been the problem, nor lack of topics. (I have a file where I brainstorm entry ideas, and I treat the brainstorming itself as a … Continue reading

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Waking Up and Passing Out

I’ve been thinking about how many scenes in The Hummingbird Familiar begin with Maya waking or end with her sleeping/passing out. I know that’s an amateurish way to handle scene transitions, but I had been given the advice that it’s … Continue reading

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On Describing Characters and Avoiding Weaknesses

I’ve always hated describing how characters look. In daily life, I’m the type of person who walks right by a good friend, and I’m often unable to recognize people outside of the contexts where I know them. When introducing a … Continue reading

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Writing in the Margins of Books

I have a confession to make: I love writing all over books. Something about inking up a favourite story helps me appreciate it in greater depth. An unmarked book is interchangeable with its mass-produced siblings, but a marked book is … Continue reading

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Blurbing by Example

Forgive me. This is the place my brain goes when I need to accomplish a task I’ve never done before. In this case, I need to write in that style of advertisingese reserved for the backs of books: a blurb. … Continue reading

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Making a Habit of Writing

Muses are unreliable. I love flashes of inspiration, those moments when I jolt awake at three AM with the realization that I have a scene in mind that demands to be written. But if I base my work ethic around … Continue reading

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