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…

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…

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

Occupational Hazards

My first National Novel Writing Month and I'm almost to the 8,000 word mark! So far I've only faced mild writer's block, major inkstains, and a few hand cramps, but I supposed I can consider those occupational hazards. 🙂