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Emotional Baggage

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Car with emotional baggage glued on all sides

I am a discovery writer during the beginning of my stories. I taste, smell, and see things as my main character experiences them. This approach works for me because I need the freedom to be erratic and to explore the different paths of a story when completing my initial draft. In a way, not tackling the outline first relieves the pressure of the story. I can focus more on getting lost in the woods than […]

God Save the Quotes!

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God Save the Queen

I have a confession: I am a thief. You caught me. I extract what happens in my life to craft stories. I will gladly describe places I’ve visited and put them my stories, have my characters address problems I have faced (or my friends and family), or base chunks of dialog off real life conversations and one-liners. Of course, I dress those things up, maybe apply some foundation to further the disguise, and add a […]

Perfect Attendance

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I‘m drained. My eyes ache, my jaw hurts from popping every time I try to stifle a yawn, and my brain feels like it‘s been padded with wool. But I’m here. I sat in front of this damned keyboard as a small victory to celebrate my return to Creative Carnage after a two-and-a-half-year-long hiatus. Surprisingly, coming back after all that time to write a blog post has the same dynamic as when I’ve been writing […]

MIA. . .

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I’m on hiatus from Creative Carnage until December 2017. My life’s circumstances have pared down my time for writing projects to the bare minimum. What remaining time I have goes straight to working on my short story collection. I’ll be back for the holiday season cheer! Until then. -A

Should I Quit?

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I am struggling with writing my novel right now, and it’s been difficult to scuttle through this particular rough patch. Luckily, it occurred to me that one of the ways I could inch myself up this uphill, winding road is to write my way out of it and get to the root cause. And I don’t think there is enough in the writing blogosphere that is written when things aren’t going well for the writer. […]

Fueling the Creative Tank

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Shuttle Creative Fuel

I‘ve been in that sort of year in review mode, thinking about the topics I have chosen to write about on the blog this year and if they were in line with the original vision I had for Creative Carnage. When I first started the Carnage in the summer of 2013, I had this image in my head that all my posts would be about writer’s block. Not only how to recognize it in all […]

Where I’m at in life. . .

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. . .I’ll order a book light to read books at night in bed so I don’t wake up my boyfriend with obtrusive lamps before I buy a replacement for my toothbrush on the fritz. Priorities are in check. Other than that, I’ve been chugging along with world building for my current sci-fi novel, and I should have a post out by the end of this week or early next week. It will be the […]