Well, that sounds bleak, doesn’t it?
Actually it’s not—I promise.
How many of you struggle with hating what you write? *raises hand* If not every day, this happens to me six out of seven. Whether it’s feeling like your prose isn’t of publishable quality, or simply mourning the fact that you’re unable to do your imagination justice, this is something that all writers struggle with at some point or another.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down at my desk, painstakingly penned a thousand words, and then thought, “This is a bunch of crap. Why do I bother?” You know exactly what I’m talking about. But guess what? Everybody writes crap—and it’s okay. In fact, there are six reasons why you should embrace it.
Hello, everybody! Today I have the privilege of hosting my good friend, Isaac Kenneth for an interview. I’ve known Isaac for many years, and trust me—you won’t want to miss what this incredibly talented man has to say!
Hey, Isaac! Welcome to Dreaming Hobbit! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hello Emily! Thank you so much for having me, it’s always a delight to chat with you!
Well let’s see here…I am 20 years old, Seymour Missouri is home for me; I come from a family of 9 crazy awesome siblings, and two amazing parents. I have the world’s best cocker spaniel; her name is Penny and she is an angel. (I call her my girlfriend.)
Ah yes, writers.
Those quirky individuals who nobody truly understands. That odd type of humanoid creature that spends its days in isolation, muttering to itself about plot holes and flat characters. Maybe you’ve been told that it’s best to leave this exotic creature alone in its natural habitat, but what if it’s too late? What if you already care about that poor, eccentric being?
Well, mortals, listen up; I have a secret to tell you. Writers aren’t actually the scary, unapproachable hermits we may sometimes appear to be. In fact, we’re usually rather personable. And, contrary to what you may have thought, we’re not really high-maintenance pets. If you’ve ever wondered how to make friends with a writer, fear not!—it isn’t as hard as it seems. Just keep reading.
Today I want to talk about storyboarding. Or, more appropriately, storyboarding on the fly. How many of you find that writing is easier when you’ve got a hard copy of your story’s timeline to look at? I definitely do. I’ve read some great articles with storyboarding tips, but a lot of times, it involves using a wall, or a giant white board, or some other stationary object. And sometimes it’d be really nice if your storyboard was portable.
Yesterday, Sam and I spent the afternoon experimenting with ideas for portable storyboards. Notebooks are great, and I’ve used them a lot, but we wanted something that was not only portable, but flexible. After all, it’s nice to be able to rearrange your story’s events when you need to without starting a new storyboard. Fortunately, our experiments provided us with a flexible, super-convenient timeline—and here’s how you can make one of your own in just two steps!
Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to take a few minutes to participate in this lovely linkup hosted by Further Up and Further In and Paper Fury. And in the process, y’all will get a little deeper look into my own life and journey as a writer. So without further ado, let the fun begin!
1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I have been writing for around thirteen years; since I was about six years old. In fact, in a trunk somewhere, I still have a notebook filled with handwritten stories that I illustrated with stickers. However, it wasn’t until I was ten that I began to think of myself as an actual “writer.”
Hello again! I trust that 2014 was a better writing year for some of you than it was for me. Hopefully it was, because mine wasn’t all that great, though I did learn a lot. Maybe some of you (unlike me) actually finished a novel last year. Congratulations!
But now what? Duh: of course you write the second draft.
Second drafts seem a bit daunting, don’t they? Now it’s time to fix the mess that is draft one, and it’s just a little overwhelming. I’ll be the first to say, it’s not fun to look back and realize that pieces of that first draft weren’t as good as you thought they were when you wrote them. That even the most perfect scenes need to be tweaked. Today, I want to break that intimidating pile of words down into eight simple things that you can watch for when you read back through your manuscript.
I’ve been blogging here at Dreaming Hobbit for over a year now. (Sadly, I missed my blog’s birthday. So we’ll consider this a late birthday post.) In the past year, I’ve discovered many things—both about writing and about blogging. I talked about a few of them on Monday.
Anybody who visits here regularly knows that I usually talk about writing fiction. Novels, short stories, flash fiction—just fiction. But, despite being a novelist, today I want to talk about non-fiction. In other words: blogging.