Inspiration and Focus, Personal Posts, Writing Tips

We Need Diverse Books

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about the need for diverse characters in fiction. I wholeheartedly agree that it seems like mainstream fiction focuses on the same types of individuals. But I’ve noticed a lot of people who talk about diversity center their concern on the fact that it’s very rare to find… Continue reading We Need Diverse Books

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”

Inspiration and Focus, Writing Tips

April Showers Bring May Flowers-But Don’t Let Them Distract You

Let’s face it, coming up with a stupendous, mind-blowing idea can be ridiculously difficult and at times, even exhausting. It takes a lot of thinking, brainstorming, and the ability to really hone in on everything around you before that triumphant “Ah ha!” moment happens. But when it does, your brain goes into overdrive. You’re more… Continue reading April Showers Bring May Flowers-But Don’t Let Them Distract You