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Writing Style

When I first started writing, I wrote in third person/past tense.  I also found that the majority of books that I read at the time were written this way, and I became very comfortable with this writing style.  Four years ago, I decided to spread my wings a little and made the switch to first person/present tense.  Just like when I started writing in general, the first few stories written after the change were clunky at best.  Because I wrote mostly fan-fiction, I introduced this change into my writing at a time when I was also writing for a new series.  It always takes a while for me to get comfortable writing new characters; feeling like I get them enough to step into their skin and tell their stories is a process in itself.  Adding a new writing style complicated things immensely, but it slowly got better and I am writing exclusively in first person/present tense now.  While I still love the flexibility of third person/past tense that allows me to get into the head of multiple characters, I’ve come to really enjoy my new writing style.

Besides the point of view, my writing is mainly about relationships.  I love exploring the beginnings of a relationship, no matter if it is romantic, platonic, or something else.  The secondary theme in most of my fiction is angst.  There is always something for the characters to overcome before they finally get their happy ending.

Specific to fan-fiction, I love when the show runners drop little hints to the character’s past, and you’re left wondering how that all worked out.  For me, if those hints spark a relationship of some sort, I want to know more, and that’s what I want to write.  As an example, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) it is theorized that everything is connected and what we see on the big screen is the same universe as what we see in shows like Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Inhumans.  When S.H.I.E.L.D began, the only connection was Phil Coulson, and the first season had to work its way into Captain America: Winter Soldier.  When Marvel went to Netflix, that link became clear with the introduction of Daredevil all the way to the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars.

One of my favorite hints was dropped in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Daredevil when it was revealed that both Skye/Daisy Johnson (Mary Sue Poots) and Matt Murdock/Daredevil lived at St. Agnes Orphanage in New York.  This tiny thread created what was to become my first and only cross-over series, The Girl Down the Hall.  The relationship I created here was one of big brother/little sister and the angst was already built into the show, so I just needed to add it to the story.  In a way, it was like fleshing out their backstory just a little, and for me, it makes the characters more three dimensional.

For my novel, the goal is to create original three-dimensional characters that people will care about as much as I do. I hope you, the reader, will be invested in their story and if so, I’ll feel like I did exactly what I set out to do.

Thanks for reading!💖

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Origin Story

Some people look back throughout their lives and can remember writing from a young age.  That is not me.  What I remember, is reading.  As a young girl, my mom and I were often side by side, reading books, magazines, or newspapers.  By the time I was eleven, I was reading whatever she had just finished.  In high school, I often had several books going.  Ones for school; others for fun, but I never imagined that one day I would actually write a novel of my own.

The other thing I look back on was (and is) my love of relationships in television and movies.  Long before I knew what shippers and shipping were, that’s exactly what I was doing.  Character interactions were always very important to me, and often kept my attention, even if the writing was bad, or the show was destined to fail.  When I stumbled onto internet communities and found out that fan-fiction was a thing, I was totally hooked.  People were writing their own versions of situations with their favorite characters, and it was extremely satisfying to see these characters getting together, professing their love for each other, or whatever else that was not happening in the series currently.

Since I was instantly hooked on this idea of fan-fiction, I had to try writing stories about my favorite characters at the time.  And let me tell you, they were really bad stories.  Not the subject matter so much, but the writing.  Absolutely awful.  But, you have to start somewhere, and encouraged by amazing friends, some who have become incredible writers themselves, I kept at it.  Years later, the majority of my writing was only being shared with one person, but we enjoyed the little world we created, and I decided to expand my fan-fiction to several different series – some of which are available on AO3 – but the majority of them are still under wraps.  I also wrote lots of original fiction.  Mostly short stories, until one year I decided to try Nanowrimo.  Finally, a novel came out of nowhere, but I couldn’t imagine what to do with it after that.

So the novel went on the shelf, the fan-fiction and original short stories continued, but it was always on my mind to do something more with it.  Last year, I had the honor of watching my good friend, Julia Simpson, publish her first Novel Ashes Swept and as she went through the process, I wondered if my novel was good enough to publish.  Julia – who has read it through once and is helping me with my edits – seems to think so, and I really hope that anyone that decides to read it, does too.  At the end of the day though, this is a goal I’ve set for myself, and I am looking forward to going through the process.

That’s my origin story.

Thanks for reading! 💖

 

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Writing Update

There has been a lot of stuff going on this last week.  My wonderful friend, Julia, has been assisting me with this website, which is finally live.  I also started an Instagram and Facebook page, and I would love it if you followed me there as well.

My first big hurdle was accomplished this week in the form of a major rewrite.  What was original chapter 7 was cut, with only a small portion of it remaining and being added to chapter 6.  New chapter 7 needed a serious rewrite, and got one at both the beginning and end of the chapter.  The end of the chapter will probably get some more attention once the first round of editing is complete, but I feel good about where it is heading.  Next up, chapter 8 needs a better transition at the beginning, so that’s where my efforts will be spent during the week.

I have never had a website before or an open blog of any kind, so this is all a bit new to me, but I have some ideas for posts, but if you have any questions, or things you would like to see me write about, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for reading!

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The Journey Begins

Over the years I’ve written a lot of fan fiction and original short stories, but a while back I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote my first full length original fiction novel. After that, the story sat and I did nothing with it, but this year, I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and looking to publish it. I’m hoping when I look at this post in a year, I can see that I accomplished this goal.

Thank you for joining me on my journey!