Literature has the power to harm or help the way women are viewed. In the past, women were poorly represented, particularly in literature by men. However, now that women are more likely to be protagonists, there are still some stereotypes and descriptions that I find harmful.
I can’t focus on what others are doing. That’s crippling and halts my writing. I have to focus on what I’m doing by setting my own goals and working to improve.
“Just Keep Writing” is a series of pep talks I’m writing for myself in hopes that it will help you as well. I just learned from The Myths and Legends podcast that Shakespeare’s Hamlet was derived from a traditional story called Amleth (listen to story here). That’s right. Shakespeare moved the H, changed a fewContinue reading “Just Keep Writing: Everything is Derivative”
First, an Update! I just finished the second draft of my middle grade fantasy novel! I started the novel two winters ago, so it was my goal to finish the rewrite this month. Because I’m off work right now as a teacher, I was able to pull it off. And honestly, this draft is rough.Continue reading “Just Keep Writing: Really Rough Drafts”
Setting daily word count goals has helped me tremendously over the years, particularly when writing my MFA thesis.
So…I stopped writing this week.
If you don’t know, I joined the launch team for The Wingfeather Tales, which released in March. I’ve written reviews elsewhere, but I wanted to write a more detailed one here. The Wingfeather Tales is a collaborative collection from the world of Aerwiar where The Wingfeather Saga takes place. If you haven’t read The WingfeatherContinue reading “The Wingfeather Tales: A Review for Readers”
I’m having one of those self-doubt days where I look at my writing and wonder what I’ve been doing with my life. So today I’m writing to show solidarity with all of you self-doubting writers to encourage you (and myself) to keep writing.
Last night, I found out about a book almost identical to my own, and despite having a great writing day, I was ready to throw out my book for good.
I do want to get published, but what if that doesn’t happen? Would I still be willing to write?