Monday, March 30, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #18

This is a daily writing prompt for March 30th, 2015.
Write for 10 minutes about anything that comes to you. Starting word: perforating.

How Writing Erotica Helped Me Write Action

I love action. Action in movies, action in books, action in games, and action in life. I think it's fine to say that action is great. When I was young, I stayed away from writing action scenes like the plague. I stuck to writing poetry and erotic short stories.

Friday, March 27, 2015

How Tabletop Gaming Can Help You Write


My Wizard, Zara Sparkbane.
When I was a teenager I still remember the first time I sat down with a group of friends one summer and played my very first tabletop role-playing game. I spent hours looking through the set book for Vampire the Masquerade and Werewolf the Apocalypse just soaking up the worlds and creatures. It was heaven reading about all the crazy details that the creators of these books put into these dark worlds. I spent two days just reading the books instead of actually playing.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #17

This is a daily writing prompt for March 26th, 2015.
Write about a character of your choice waking up to an imp at the foot of their bed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #16

This is a daily writing prompt for March 25th, 2015.
Write a small description about a city that floats in the air. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #15

This is a daily writing prompt for March 24th, 2015.
The wind carries a voice that whispers in your ear.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #14

This is a daily writing prompt for March 23rd, 2015.
Write a scene that starts with the sentence, 'He watched the castle burn.'

Listening is Key

I'm a listener. I like to hear what people have to say about their day or even get some insight into their minds and emotions. It's nice to hear someone open up and share their crappy day with me or tell me how they danced with their morning coffee to Duran Duran.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #13

This is a daily writing prompt for March 21st, 2015.
Write about a day in the life of a dragon.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Character Torture? Yes!

Someone told me once that I like to torture my characters. At first, I thought it was a bad thing. I wasn't sure if putting these characters I create through horrendous ordeals was needed or if it had to be so brutal at times. Putting one of my beautiful creations through trials that I cooked up inside my head over days just to see what made them tick, or giving them pasts that were painful, made me question my motives as a writer.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #12

This is a daily writing prompt for March 19th, 2015.
Write about a dwarf getting lost in a city.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #11

This is a daily writing prompt for March 18th, 2015.
Write a scene that's based around a cake and an elf.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #10

This is a daily writing prompt for March 17th, 2015.
You hear a tapping noise from inside a closet.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Developing Characters in a Dark Fantasy Romance Setting

Digging deep into a character has been something of a magical process for me and I'm always trying to find new ways to bring a character to life. It's fun, it's inspiring, and gives me a chance to develop connections in the worlds that swim around inside my head. However, one of my biggest pitfalls has always been trying to give characters a real sense of connection to one another and the environment within a specific genre.

Daily Writing Prompt #9

This is a daily writing prompt for March 16th, 2015.
Write a scene involving a wizard, a pair of gloves, and an inkwell.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #8

This is a daily writing prompt for March 14th, 2015.
A dragon knocks on the door. He wants a cup of tea.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finding Your Voice in Writing

Finding a voice in writing has always been an interesting subject for me. I've often wondered what it means to find your voice and probably thought way to hard about it. Is it choice of wording? Is it the feeling that comes across in your writing? Is it how loud you can be? I've seen many explanations on how to write.

Daily Writing Prompt #7

This is a daily writing prompt for March 13th, 2015.
You open up the door to your room and find a dark forest inside.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #6

This is a daily writing prompt for March 12th, 2015.
A day in the life of a zombie that works at a shopping mall.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #5

This is a daily writing prompt for March 11th, 2015.
You're stuck in the middle of space. You're ship is low on oxygen and you need parts to fix the engine. What do you do? 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #4

This is a daily writing prompt for March 10th, 2015
Try to describe the smell of a flower that you create for a fictional world.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Birthday Reflection List

Today is my birthday. A day of cake, time spent with close family, and jumping on the bed pretending I'm a wizard. Okay, I'm probably getting too old for the jumping on the bed part but a woman can dream. I have wants and needs!

Looking back a year ago to my last birthday, I never thought I'd be this far in my life; let alone this far with my writing. While I've kept most of it to myself, huddled over a screen like a madman and trying to clock in as many hours of being a masochist to characters I've devised to jump through my hurdles of doom, I've also learned a lot about my limits as a person. So, I'm going to write a small list of the things I've learned this past year. Not only to remind myself that sometimes I need a swift karate chop to the laziness but so I can also look back at this post in the future and say: Wow, you're weird, keep it up.

1. It takes time to create something.

A problem I used to have was not learning to pace myself and truly mull over my thoughts and ideas. It's a large pitfall that can actually deter the creative process for me. Not taking time to learn what a world I create is like, down to the details I love, actually hinders my creativity. Taking things in stride and not being afraid to change them is a large part of it.

2. Not everything has to be right from the beginning.

I'm a perfectionist in a lot of ways. Even down to counting how many rotations I do while brushing my teeth. Okay, I lied. I don't actually do that, but I do have a set of habits that I've had to break in order to actually learn something. One of the biggest problems I had was worrying too much about whether or not my writing sounded perfect from the beginning. This. Is. An. Utter. Impossibility. Puking out words happens, I have to just let it happen.

3. Don't forget to bathe.

If I get too caught up in something I will forget to pay attention to my surroundings. I can get lost in a world and characters if I don't stop and remember that eating and sleeping are a fundamental need to survive. It helps to have a better half to remind me of this fact. You should get one if you don't have one.

4. Free time will give you ideas.

Learning to let go and spend a day rejuvenating by either playing video games or watching some movies is okay. I used to think that spending time doing these things would hinder my writing and kill my creativity. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Cutting off creeper heads in Minecraft or sleeping with hookers in The Witcher is actually very therapeutic and can give one many ideas for the creative process.

5. Love can conquer all.

If you can, get a massage from your significant other. Your friend. Your mother. Your dog. Doesn't matter. When it feels like all the chips are down and you want to stab yourself in the eye with a shiv because nothing seems to be coming to you, relax and cry it out with someone close to you. Then go back to the writing board after you've had a feeling fest. Support really helps.

That's all for me today. I hope you've enjoyed my little list. Now I head off to enjoy the party and try not to drink too much champagne or wine. Note to self for future me: never give up, you insane woman. You'll get where you want to be, eventually. 

Daily Writing Prompt #3

This is a daily writing prompt for March 9th, 2015. 
A dog has mistakenly eaten a magic potion that turns him into a human for a day.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Daily Writing Prompt #2

This is a daily writing prompt for March 8th, 2015.
Write a scene with a character of your choice meeting a dying wizard on a road they're traveling on.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Skill Blender

I love to try new creative endeavors. A variety of things like knitting, painting, or even trying to drink something upside down. I admit, that last one might have ended up badly, but it was still worth a try. One of the new things I'm doing is trying to combine the different skills I've learned throughout the years and apply them to one another. I'm sure I could call it application but I like to call it a 'skill blender' instead. Sounds more fun to me.

Daily Writing Prompt #1

I love to write something random every morning to keep my skill from deterioration and to learn more about writing in general. Prompts can be a great way to help with writers block or inspire you when working on a novel. I visit a lot of different sites and blogs with excellent prompts for short stories or even just for a fun recreational activity. 

Ever since starting this ritual, I've wanted to give back to writers for the wonderful amount of help I've received freely. I also thought it would be fun to try my hand at creating some prompts myself daily. Feel free to use them to your hearts content.

Imagine you've been stranded on an island. The only thing you see when you wake up is a backpack near your feet and a glass bottle in your hand.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What I Learned From Not Writing for Years

When I look back and imagine my life how it is now without writing in it, I get a small pain in my stomach at the idea that I went so long without it. People have ups and downs in their lives, it's just a fact of life, but I let it change me when I was young. If I think too hard about the past and what I was missing by not writing, it makes me wish that I'd had someone around at the time to stomp on my toe and ask me what in the world I was doing by not following my heart.