Personal Posts

From Pantser to Planner: Why I Learned to Love Outlining

Next week, my first blog post in the month of June, I will be starting a “How to” series, during which, each Monday, I will share my strategies for completing each step of the writing process as I work on my debut. In preparation for that, this is a mini-biography about my experience the first… Continue reading From Pantser to Planner: Why I Learned to Love Outlining

Flash Fiction, Singles

Ballet Blunder

This flash fiction was inspired by a prompt in a daily flash fiction  group on Facebook. Enjoy! 2/22/16 Monday prompt word stew. Put these words together to make a 200 word piece: Coffee; lunge; ballerina; chocolate chip muffin; yellow; donkey kick “Seriously, Mom?” Amelia groaned as she stumbled out of the dressing room, still tugging at… Continue reading Ballet Blunder

Inspiration and Focus, Writing Tips

Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 3: Write What You Know

We've all heard the age-old saying “write what you know,” at some point in our creative journeys. Most often, it's used as a way to explain the benefits of writing something while drawing from our own experiences, surroundings, and emotions. While this is undoubtedly helpful advice, I’d like to take it a slightly different direction… Continue reading Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 3: Write What You Know

Inspiration and Focus

Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 2: Step Outside of Your “Normal”

Over the past three months, I have been mapping out what will be my 2016 July CampNanoWriMo project (click the link if you don’t know this site). It started in early March. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, but nothing structured had come together except for the fact that there… Continue reading Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 2: Step Outside of Your “Normal”

Characters, Writing Tips

Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 1: Give Your Characters Dimension

Evil isn't born, it's made; and so is good. -Regina Mills, Once Upon A Time This has been one of my favorite quotes since the beginning of the first season of ABC's hit series Once Upon A Time (OUAT) back in 2011. For those who are unfamiliar with show, the basic premise is that the… Continue reading Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 1: Give Your Characters Dimension