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”
So…I stopped writing this week.
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?
If I chase after every shiny new idea, I’ll never finish a book.
We can learn so much from reading good writing, and The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson taught me several lessons about writing for young readers, particularly in the fantasy genre.
Frodo Baggins is one of the most iconic and beloved heroes in literature. But what actually makes him such a great hero? Why do we love him? If you compare Frodo to his uncle, Bilbo had many more skills worthy of a hero. He was intelligent, able to think and talk himself and his companionsContinue reading “What Makes Frodo a Great Hero?”
When I create, I want to add beauty to the world while partaking in an act that I can only think of as spiritual. Like Tolkien and Lewis, I want to write stories that offer new experiences and wonder and hope. I want readers to feel their viewpoints broadening and their courage expanding.
It wasn’t until I took classes on reading and writing poetry in college that I finally realized that I not only enjoyed reading and writing poetry, but the art could also add music and depth to my fiction writing.