Why Do People Write Mary Sues?

For those of you who aren't familiar with what a Mary Sue is, it's essentially a female character that is too perfect. A character that is always morally correct no matter what, has all the male protagonists drooling themselves over her even though she would describe herself as plain, and is special without having to [...]

My Mind Only Lets Me Write at Night

I am a nocturnal writer. I have been since I was a wee one, scribbling Fairly Oddparents fanfiction inside of a notebook on a long car ride home. There have been freak instances when I've produced quality material during the daytime, but it usually involves having a magic talisman and whispering ancient languages into the [...]

Word Count Goals

I see tweets all the time about writing goals. Goals are good. Goals help motivate. But I've never been good at them. Deadlines help but I still struggle to meet them. A friend of mine gave me a deadline for two weeks and I think I emailed her the finished project about a month later. Word [...]

Late Night Writing

So...I'm supposed to be working on the third draft of a short story, but here I am. I thought about writing all day at work today, mentally mapping out scenes and constructing dialogue. Then, when I actually got home, all I wanted to do was, well, anything else. My story and I have been acting [...]

When Life Throws Off Your Writing Groove

So you've been writing for a while, but you aren't getting very far. You spin your wheels day after day, hoping soon it'll all come together. You know it's a good idea, you're just having a hard time getting it started. You think it's just another day. You sit at your desk, grab your pen, [...]