The Get-to-Know-Me Tag: Writer’s Edition

The Get-to-Know-Me Tag: Writer’s Edition

Guess what (why do people even ask that because no one ever guesses anyway)? I was tagged—again. And all thanks to Jenna and the random person who created the tag (and who I don’t even know but I’m thanking anyway)! But this tag is better than the last one, because it presents me with the … Continue reading The Get-to-Know-Me Tag: Writer’s Edition

6 Reasons Why Drinking Coffee Can Ruin Your Writing Career

6 Reasons Why Drinking Coffee Can Ruin Your Writing Career

I've always wondered where you non-writing people got the notion that most writers like to drink coffee. My boss lady can’t stand it (though she does pleasantly sniff it from time to time). She doesn’t even drink coffee when it’s drowned in chocolate, smothered in sugar, pumped with syrups, and squirted with a whole can … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Drinking Coffee Can Ruin Your Writing Career

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Communications, Illustrations, & Frustrations

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Communications, Illustrations, & Frustrations

Mariposa has been doing quite a lot lately...including quite a lot of not writing. Or at least, a lot of not story writing. She’s been doing scads of email writing, list writing (and unwriting), text writing, and inconsequential writing that’s better left at the bottom of some dumpster in Hong Kong. It seems every time … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Communications, Illustrations, & Frustrations

4 Methods That Help Writers Perfect Their Character’s Lie

4 Methods That Help Writers Perfect Their Character’s Lie

Recently, my boss lady rewrote her book, even though she’d rewritten it five times already—but this time was a bit different. The other rewrites included adding scenes, deleting scenes, and polishing sentences until they were so shiny she needed to wear sunglasses to keep from going blind. But that wasn’t enough. Dazzling sentences only made … Continue reading 4 Methods That Help Writers Perfect Their Character’s Lie

The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

Have you ever sat down to write and the ground caved in under you? Yep, that’s right, I’m talking about plot holes. Those nasty little natural disasters that the weather channel conveniently forgets to post a warning about (besides, of course, those 99 other things they don’t issue watches for until a storm is 23.5 … Continue reading The 6 Most Common Plot Holes and How to Fix Them (or not)

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

I can hardly believe it’s September already and I’ve had my blog for THREE months now! I feel like it was just yesterday that my little piece of the prehistoric world went up on the internet. I guess it’s because I’m so caught up in my characters’ worlds that I forget about my own. But … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Fall, Facebook, & Finished

The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Have you ever had writer’s block? Well, that’s a stupid question, of course you have! Every writer has encountered the block at some point and the ones that haven’t are either utter geniuses or incorrigible liars. Having battled the block myself, I thought I’d share my battle strategies with you. They are practically foolproof (don’t … Continue reading The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing

12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing

Writing isn’t hard. Pounding out five words per second isn’t hard. Deliberating about plots for endless hours isn’t hard. It’s BACKBREAKING (or more accurately, brainbreaking)! And my characters think I’m tough on them. But I’m not half so hard on them as they are on me. Needless to say, I’m utterly disgusted by my chosen … Continue reading 12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing