Category Archives: Creating

Writing with an open mind

Hi Ya Bookcasers,

It’s funny how life can throw you curve balls, isn’t it? You’re just living your life, doing your own thing, and then boom…life jolts in another direction. I had a minor version of this lately: my wedding ceremony venue fell through and now we have a 5 month rush to find our next place. My instant thought was panic-ridden. However, after a week or two of deliberating, my partner and I decided to open our minds and look at alternative styles of weddings. This in turn made me thinking about my writing life and books. Did I really write with an open mind, or have I just been writing in the same old rut? Let’s see… Continue reading Writing with an open mind

Life outside the writing

Hi YA Bookcasers,

In April, I was on a little blogging hiatus. For all the great reasons – flying to the UK for my dad’s 70th birthday (we all chipped in and he’s flying to Vienna to see his favorite singer perform!). Buying my wedding dress (it wasn’t quite the one I thought I’d get (close though), but I fell in love…then I discovered it was on 70% sale! What a piece of luck!). Brainstorming my new W.I.P, spending time with my amazing family, and catching up on the non-writing parts of life. And that’s what I’d like to talk about today…life outside of writing, for both you and me. So let’s get started. Continue reading Life outside the writing

Big story ideas & what to do with them

Hey YABookcasers!

Today, I’d like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of…but don’t write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you’re still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not? Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them

Reviving an old story

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Have you ever had an old story idea that you absolutely love, but can’t quite get the gumption to work on? You love the concept and characters, but something is blocking your progress. Or perhaps you wrote it a long time ago, and now you’re looking at it as this mammoth task of rewriting that needs to be done. Well, never fear, many of us have been there. That’s why, today, I’d like to talk about reviving an old story! Continue reading Reviving an old story

Creative processes – which one is best?

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Another day, another question about the creative arts. However, it’s actually not that simple, because I’m not just talking about the creative arts. With the passing of the magnificent, unrivaled Stephen Hawkings, it made me want to reaffirm a strong belief of mine: there is a creative process to everything – science, technology, art, writing, business, workmanship, life. Continue reading Creative processes – which one is best?

Where did all the good ideas go?

Hi YABookcasers,

I’ve been talking to some friends lately, and it seems many of them have hit a writerly slump throughout the years (myself included!). I’m not talking about writer’s block. The question that’s got my attention is “Where did all the good ideas go?” Continue reading Where did all the good ideas go?

How a dog solved writer’s block

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How is January treating you all? It’s sure been a busy one for me, what with editing, and writing, and work. And…fostering the most adorable golden oldie of a German Shepherd. Not only is she the most wonderful little thing in the world…but she’s also a great tool for busting through writer’s block!

Let me tell you how… Continue reading How a dog solved writer’s block

How to make a book out of one word

(Audio at the end of the post)

Hey YABookcasers,

Yup, you read the title right – how to make a book out of one word. Now, I don’t mean write just one word down on the page and bam that’s you done. That would be a very short novel indeed. However, I am talking about a way to get around writer’s block, start off a new book, or give you that spark of inspiration to form a plot twist, sub-plot, or new character. Am I crazy for saying it could be spurred by one word? Read on to see if I am! Continue reading How to make a book out of one word