A Little Story for You

I am finally ready to dive back into my novel! In my break, I had been writing very short pieces of fiction to keep up my writing. And now that I am heading back to the novel, I thought I would share with you one of those stories. Enjoy!

The Scratching

She didn’t know where the sound was coming from. It wasn’t that she was scared. Okay, she was a little scared. But she had every right to be. She was home alone, after all, and there was a scratching noise in the corner of her apartment. Continue reading

Writing Out of Your “Genre”

So for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, I sort of have an idea that is YA, but is a bit more fantastical, and perhaps horror-ish than I usually write.

So that got me thinking. How often do you write outside your “genre?” If you do, is it to challenge yourself? Or do you just have an idea for a story that you want to go with?

I think it should be interesting to see what happens. I sort of expect it to not be spectacular just in the sense that it is a first draft. But that sort of makes choosing a new genre interesting. I have this one month opportunity to experiment without having to seriously commit to anything afterwards, if I don’t want to.

Where Are Her Parents?

Considering I am writing a novel in the perspective of teenagers, they still live at home with their parents. Initially, my main character’s parents were dead (or rather, missing throughout the novel and thought to be dead). Then I realized, what was the point of that? It didn’t add anything to the plot. Was I doing this just so I didn’t have to write them in and deal with adding another set of characters/relationship for her?

I think sometimes its easy to just kill off the parents. Then the character is free to do whatever they want because there is no parental figure around. Sometimes, I do think it helps shape the character and is necessary to do so.

I just think that this instance opened my eyes to sort of “easy way outs” in writing. Just because it is easy, doesn’t make it the best thing to do!

NaNoWriMo Quote

Here is a lovely NaNoWriMo quote because it is only October 9th and I’m too freaking excited for November.

“There’s an old folk saying that goes: whenever you delete a sentence from your NaNoWriMo novel, a NaNoWriMo angel loses its wings and plummets, screaming, to the ground. Where it will likely require medical attention.”
Chris Baty