• Reviews
  • Ayli’s Book Club: A Darker Shade of Magic [REVIEW]

    You may or may not remember, but I vowed to read a new book every month this year! In order to commemorate having completed these books, I’m going to be sharing a review of them here on my blog. This post is actually a bit late, but that’s due to my lack of foresight and preparation (I know, I know). After this date, every book review I share will (hopefully) be up on the last day of each month!

    Without further ado, let’s jump into it!

  • Ramblings
  • What I Learned After Three Drafts of the Same Novel

    For the past five and a half years—lord, has it really been that long?—I’ve been working on a story called The Diary of a Suicide (TDoaS). At first, it was a side project I posted periodically on Wattpad, solely for the purpose of gauging my skill level. Somewhere along the lines, I fell in love with the characters, and I decided they deserved much better than the disjointed mess I’d been making for them. So, in September of 2014, I officially started outlining a rewrite of TDoaS, and in November, I officially started drafting it.

    That was three years and three drafts ago now, and it’s weird looking back on where the story started. A lot’s changed, but also a lot hasn’t. Like I said, it’s weird. And I kind of want to talk about it…

  • Ramblings
  • Welcome Back!

    I know, I know: I’ve been MIA all summer. Turns out, I actually kind of suck at multi-tasking, so while I was pouring all of my energy into writing the best damn book I can⸺and plotting and designing a comic book I’m still learning how to make⸺I was neglecting my duties as a blogger. If only sleep wasn’t a basic human need, I’d have all the time in the world…

  • Lists
  • Ayli’s Cheat Sheet of One-Liner Writing Tips

    It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve written a post for you guys here. Sorry I’ve been MIA, I’m hoping to get back into the groove of things over the next few months. (I’m not used to actually keeping busy, so I’ve gotta learn to juggle.)

    To make up for my neglect, I’ve compiled this handy-dandy list of little things to keep in mind when writing, something for you to revisit every once in a while when you feel the need to refresh yourself.

    You ready? Then without further ado, here they are:

    25 one-liner writing tips!

  • Uncategorized
  • My Progress in the Month of January

    Well, this past month has surely been… something. Can’t say it’s much of a surprise to me that it was my most prolific month since last September. There’s lots of fuel to drive my fire just sitting around these days.

    In total, I wrote 16,341 words in January with a total of six days where I didn’t write any. For those first two days (literally the first and the second), I was still at my mom’s for Christmas and New Years, which I decided to use as break time. The other four days were just a matter of me wanting to think out specifics of where certain scenes were going while working on character sheets for Project 2, which I’m pretty sure I’ve already revealed is officially titled Bloody Merry. That’s going pretty well too, having come leaps and bounds from back in ’13 when I was still considering the title The Ghouls. There’s still a lot to work on before I can actually, officially start the series, but I’m super pumped for you guys to learn more about it.

  • Ramblings
  • My Progress in the Month of December

    I know, I know: I missed last month. Since it is way too much work to type out all of November’s progress along with December’s, let me just summarize it for you:

    I wrote a total of 9,621 words in November, with a total of ten days where I didn’t write anything solid for The Diary of a Suicide. During three of those empty days I worked on reviewing the outline and furthering the plot of TDoaS, I just didn’t have a number I could put down. The rest of those days were pretty much me taking a small break for two reasons: the excuse I usually gave out and the actual reason. The excuse was that my mother’s birthday is the second of December and I needed to put all my effort into getting her birthday drawing done on time (not because I procrastinated, but because I scrapped pretty much every other idea I had for it until I literally didn’t have time to anymore and had to follow through with at least one of them). The actual reason was because I was finding myself utterly disenchanted with my own story, to the point where writing felt like a chore. Ever since I started documenting my progress, I’ve been pushing myself more and more to meet a certain quota, feeling like a slacker if I fell short on some days and always feeling like the little bit I could manage – just a little over 500 words a day – wasn’t good enough. This all kind of fell apart in November, when – as you can see – I ended up missing a whole lot of time because I was either second-guessing myself or feeling absolutely drained.

  • Ramblings
  • The Complex Truth of the “Strong” Female Character: What Are We Doing Wrong?

    I’ve thought a lot about how to write this post. I’ve tried three times now to write this out as an essay of sorts – the subject matter seems like an essay sort of deal – but once everything I want to say is put where it needs to be, it just sounds kind of sloppy to me, no matter how I spin it. So I’m gonna change it up a bit and split this post into two parts. The first: the essay, where I will discuss the topic of “strong female characters” (to be known as SFCs from this point forward) and how I feel we’re misguided in what that means; and the second: a list of things I personally feel we could or should change in our approach to writing women.

    Everybody on the same page? Awesome! Then let’s begin…

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  • My Progress in the Month of October

    Well, Halloween Month is over. You know what that means?? You got it! Trade in the pumpkin spice for peppermint, ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially pre-Christmas!

    In all seriousness, last month wasn’t my best in terms of TDoaS progress, but that’s because I’ve started simultaneously working on another project. Because of this, I’ve decided that with this month (November), I’m going to start recording all of my creative progress, not just things pertaining to this one story.

    (Because I am both a paranoid nut and a lover of surprises and well-planned sneak peeks, I’m not going to tell you much about this other project I’m working on – especially considering it’s still in pretty early development – but because I assume it’ll be necessary information, I’ll tell you this much: it’s a comic, and shall henceforth be referred to as Project 2 until I decide to reveal the name.)

    Now, on to those numbers!