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

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation

Aw, the infamous twenty-four-hour story. How I love and hate thee. To my surprise, Dave and Tim introduced the twenty-four-hour story the day after our arrival. After a discussion on Hubbard’s “Search for Research” and where to find story ideas, Tim passed out the objects. The Object Luck must have had her eye on me … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – April 4th, Wednesday (Afternoon): A Discussion on Research

Dave and Tim opened the afternoon with a discussion on research. We'd read "Search for Research" for homework the night before (because grown adults would never neglect homework assignments) so we started with an exercise, and then Tim and Dave described their own personal research routines. I enjoyed "Search of Research" because I'm a pretty … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – April 4th, Wednesday (Afternoon): A Discussion on Research

WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Morning): Suspense

Disclaimer:  As much as I want to recount the workshop in minute detail, I don’t have the time or the memory to do so. But, for the sake of my fellow writers, I’ll hash out the high points and my notes from the lectures. To organize my notes and thoughts, I’ll go through the week … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Morning): Suspense