Non-Writing Writer

I was inspired this morning as I walked to practice piano for an upcoming recital... this would have been great, had I been inspired to practice. Rather, I was inspired to set the opening of Wordsworth’s The Prelude to music.  My roommate (bless her) stopped me just in time: “Ryanne, if you write a melody and…

The Race to the Finish Line

Caption for the featured image: "I love writing, but it turned me into something escaped from Star Wars. #RememberMeAsIOnceWas" I just finished the rough draft of what I suppose is my second novel, but is the first of what I hope to be a trilogy or series... And by "just finished" I mean I typed…

Writing a Child

I often refer to my novel as "my baby" and I know this is a tiny bit weird. But, being a writer, I really could not care less if I'm weird. Still, I think I have a valid point when I call my novel a baby, as...   "Writing a Child"   It changes each…

Reflections on Writing a Novel Draft

During my journey home from Italy, I was super bored and, thus, my brain went crazy and came up with a novel idea that I am ridiculously excited about. Thankfully, I hit 50,000 words on my other novel draft, so I was able to set that one aside without too much guilt to begin this…

Writing Victories

Just had to brag a little bit: Today marks the two-year birthday of my baby novel. On this day in 2014, I was inspired to write a book about a quirky little town that I stumbled upon and, to my delight, today I reached the word count required for my manuscript to qualify as a…

To answer “How is your writing going?”

People often ask, "How is your writing going?" or some such question. Well, to answer that... What I think:  My novel is sadly forsaken but I think if it all the time and also I need to change the entire perspective so I am rewriting it even though I was 50,000 words in and also…

Research…it’s Legit

As a writer, I frequently find myself researching topics that are...strange, to say the least. In the past I have spent late night sessions researching homemade poisons, mustache puns, medieval makeup, symptoms of consumption, ways to recycle a goat carcass, and what happens inside a morgue. Oh, and let's not forget unibrow jokes. Anyway, in case…

Writer’s Despair: Part Two

Last night I was struck with a severe case of what I have dubbed "Writer's Despair," the cruel cousin of Writer's Block. Unlike with Writer's Block, I could not break through Writer's Despair by searching through my idea notebooks or looking up prompts on Pinterest. Rather, WD hung over my head like one of those cartoon…

A Caution to Writers

Dear fellow writers,Should you ever decide to change perspective halfway through your novel's draft, do not use Word's "Find and Replace" feature because otherwise when you try to change "I" (the pronoun) to your character's name (Paige, in this instance), you might find every letter "I" replaced with her name. Oops. That Paiges a serPaigeous Paigeue. Sincerely,Ryanne