This is not a definitive essay. It’s not even an argument, exactly. These are just my thoughts, hopefully coherent and possibly of some value...
Bells clanged in the town square – the wild pteranodons squawked in answer – and Tazja ran. Dust, driven by the eastern wind, swirled...
I'm finishing up the first round of beta reading on my manuscript! So, as such, I figured I'd share what I've learned so far. 1. Be willing to reciprocate. I had a few people who offered to read my manuscript as pure beta readers, one of who finished the story. The rest of readers I... Continue Reading →
Characters: what would a story be without them? This series of articles will explore my most and least favorite characters from different literary mediums. I'm not taking poorly written characters here, but ones who - as written - are people I dislike. Sounds fun? First up, TV shows! (These are in no particular order. That... Continue Reading →
This is my April contribution to my writing group. The following poem is written based off the above image, and set to the tune of Georgia by Charlie Daniels. Why? I dunno. Just enjoy.
Am I risking my budding author platform for the sake of a click bait title? Maybe. But actually, the title is true - let me explain.
Happy Valentine's day! For the longest time I was that kid who'd grimace and cover her eyes when facing any romantic scene in a movie. Indeed, when I started on my writing journey years ago I had resolved to not include a romance in my story at all, just to spite the trends. I have since relented... Continue Reading →
I draw in a breath, clenching my eyes shut even though I’ll still see nothing but darkness if I open them. I was seventeen steps from the wall.
Let it me known that, on the 25th day of January in the year of our Lord 2019 this author - LA Buck - officially finished editing her manuscript and shall hereto and henceforth release it into the world of beta readers to be devoured and torn apart. Or loved and adored to pieces. You... Continue Reading →
Alright folks, this post is for me. Yeah, I know – if I wanted to write something for myself I should get a journal. Well, I promise by the end of this I’ll turn my rant into a general writing lesson. ‘Cause it’s OK as long as it’s educational, right? So, I saw Aquaman yesterday.... Continue Reading →
I made a history lesson! Hey, don't groan at me. This is all really exciting and important. Because I said so, that's why. Ok, in all seriousness, this is probably more than a little boring. And that's probably why I just kept the ideas floating around in my head for so long instead of putting... Continue Reading →
Through these long months of self-editing I have learned a terrible truth: words lie. You are simply trying to write what you mean, and those darn little things lie to you. Ok, maybe not “lie” in the classical sense,but I am an overwriter, and as I edit I have come... Continue Reading →
Is this something I'm qualified to talk about? Well, I am a person with a blog on the internet, so I think that means I'm an expert on anything. Ok, seriously though, this is something I've been thinking about lately...
This week I'm highlighting two more characters!
Each gets their own awesome theme song, and you get to be the judge as to whether my aesthetic making skills have at all improved...
It’s been almost 3 months since I last posted an update, and – well – things have been happening! My novel is COMPLETE. Yes, you read that right: complete. And I finished it about middle of August. No bad! And then came the editing. I don’t know how I in the world I was thinking... Continue Reading →
…don’t mix. The end.
Thanks for reading, folks! Yes, I know that was amazing and –
Ok, just kidding. I’m an overwriter, it’s my nature to elaborate. And, since this is Election Day here in the USA, I figured this would be a perfect topic.
Happy Halloween! This week I am doing the Hocus Pocus writing tag, originally made by Kim Chance in collab with Destiny Murtaugh.
In September I set for myself a goal: finish my manuscript, edit it, and have it ready to send to beta readers by the beginning of October. At the time I thought it was a realistic timeline, I had only a few more chapters to write, I knew what I needed to write in them, and then the editing wasn’t going to take too long. Or so I thought.
I love a good fight scene. If I had to choose my favorite element of a story, it would probably be the action sequences –you know, the struggle of good against evil, combat hand-to-hand, with the hero’s life hanging in the balance. So, naturally, I have written my fair share of fight scenes. Notice, I didn’t say my fair share of good fight scenes. Like all writing, there is an art and a skill that comes to crafting exciting, sensible, and coherent action sequences. To that end, I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned over the years...
Are you ever searching for ways to procrastinate away your writing time? Well, I would recommend that you create mediocre character aesthetics and scour YouTube searching for your character's perfect theme song. I can't promise you'll be too proud of the aesthetics, but, man will those songs be catchy!
After my first “tropes I hate” post, I took some time to look over those tropes and see how they could be fixed – and I found it to be a very refreshing exercise. As authors, we spend so much time second guessing ourselves, asking if what we’re planning or what we’ve written is ‘good enough’. I’m here to say that even if it isn’t good enough, it can be.
Alright, last week I complained about five more of my least favorite tropes. This week, it’s time to spread a little more joy instead. It’s the five tropes I love – part two!
Last week saw the end of Novel Boot Camp, an awesome writing instructional series organized and hosted yearly by freelance novel editor Ellen Brock. After some highly informative video series on YouTube, this novel boot camp culminated in the critique of the opening page of 225 unpublished novels - mine among them!
How many of you saw the ads for the movie Monster Trucks? With a budget over $125 million, this film grossed only $64 million domestically and is now known as a major box office bomb. Considering its 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its (admittedly) ridiculous premise, one might be tempted to think that this film – a story about a literal monster that drives around pretending to be a literal truck – would be a total waste of a good two hours of living. That’s certainly what I thought when I saw the ads. But, I was wrong.
The way I see it, there are two major categories into which a literary work can fall:
works which strive to explore certain topics, themes, and messages
works that are designed to entertain
Now, there are certainly pieces that will do both...
I used to have a sort of love-hate relationship with descriptions. I loved writing them, letting my words flow into the page as though I were a masterful craftsmen, but I hated reading them – I mean, I can distinctly remember skipping whole paragraphs in books I’d read as kids just so I could get back to the dialogue and the action...
I need music to write.
Well, I guess that’s not technically true, but I certainly don’t write without music if I can help it. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of writing music, and I thought I would share some of my favorite tracks with you!
So, I don’t even know if I can actually write about this because it’s one of those things I’ve not quite figured out yet myself: how do you find time to write when you have a day job?
I was out in the garden one day and saw a mocking bird alight on a telephone pole above me... The first line of this poem came to my mind in that moment, and when I wrote it down the rest of this poem fell into place. It's one of those instances where the creativity just flows through you and makes something you didn't necessarily set out to make.
I’ve seen it on YouTube so that makes me an expert.
Ok, not really, but these are some of my favorite sources for writerly advice, from crafting stories to getting them published.
"Just let it go." That’s not something any author wants to hear about their darling character, or their clever plot twist, or their funny scene. But, sometimes, our desire to hold on to something is holding our story back.