February WriteMotivation

So, I’m trying something new. 🙂 I signed up for February’s #WriteMotivation. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s basically just a list of goals you give yourself to complete at the end of the month. Then, you break down those goals into smaller, weekly goals, which you then blog about at least once a week.

I like the idea of self imposed deadlines, but sometimes they get away from me. I’m hoping that by participating, the internet can hold me accountable.

Anyway, so for this February, these are my writing goals:

1) Write the first draft of the Anthology short story. (Approx. 3k-8k words)

2) Finish plotting Cloudy with a Chance of Satan

3) Write 10k-15k on Cloudy

4) Blog 3x a week (and with my weekly #WriteMotivation check in, that’s really just 2x a week)

Bonus: Clean my house. (I write/work better when my place is clean, and frankly, my place is atrocious right now. I really, really need to clean my house.)

I think all of these are pretty achievable. 🙂



What I’ve Learned About Dialogue Tags

I consider myself a new writer. Although I can say I’ve been writing all my life, all my previous writing had been for school assignments. I hadn’t really given this whole “I’m going to write for myself” thing a go until a couple of years ago. I wrote my first actual, honest to god novel back in 2011–and it’s still utter crap. Since then, I’ve written five stories–finished only two of them, and one of those is a massively long fanfic.

As such, sometimes I feel like I’m not… I don’t know… qualified to give out writing advice. After all, I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. But I do think that I’ve figured at least a few things out–not completely, but I’ve got enough of a grasp on how these little things work I feel pretty confident in it.

One of those things are dialogue tags.

Like I said, I’ve written five novels so far, and I’ve edited quite a few more. And one thing that keeps coming up over and over again (yes, in my own writing as well–I’ll talk more about that in a second) is incorrect use of dialogue tags. And it’s such a small thing, really, in the grand scheme of plot and character development and theme and all those fancy literary words you prayed to forget but somehow have seeped into your brain like a insidious alien parasite. They’re not going to make or break your story.

But used incorrectly, they can really make your readers grit their teeth in frustration. And if your readers are frustrated, they’re going to stop reading.

So! Here’s what I’ve learned about these pesky suckers:

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Give Me Your Recipes

Okay, so. I have approximately ZERO ability to meal plan. And considering it’s the start of the new year (well, it’s still January, anyway), I really want to get better at that. Half the time when I want something to eat, I have nothing in my house to cook with, and thus go out to eat at a restaurant. Or fast food. (Oh god, the fast food.)

And not only can I literally not afford to do that anymore (not with this savings budget I’m inflicting upon myself), my waistline can’t afford it either.

Not only that, but my cooking abilities are only that of a college sophomore–I can throw together a salad, or follow a pretty basic recipe (like, say, box mac n’ cheese). Anything more complicated tends to come out burnt and semi-inedible. But I’m learning. And I’d like to learn more.

So this is a blatant call for help. Please send me your recipes, your tips and tricks for meal planning, what you do with leftovers, whatever. Whatever you have as far as kitchen skills go, I want to hear about it. Please. Because I really can’t eat out any more.