WRITING PROMPT 001

Seeking out writing prompts online infuriates me. I loathe them. They suck. They fail to inspire. So I head to another website and find another writing prompt, and SURPRISE, it also sucks. It never works out. One thing I loved about WAR was the mix of prompts tossed my way. They varied. Our writing prompts were songs, videos, pictures. I buried them deep. A picture became a jigsaw puzzle. A...

UPDATE: Debut Novel, Vile Men, Patreon

Hello, readers! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten personal and provided updates on my writing, so here goes: I finished my novel. It’s def taken longer than I’d planned but I finally made those third-draft edits and saved a brand new file on my hard-drive: TVFTB_FINAL.doc Then, on Sunday night, I went even further and emailed the literary agent who emailed me nearly two years ago wondering if I...

5 Ways to Stop Hating Your Writing

We’ve all been there, in that point of writing where we just can’t write another word. Why? Because the writing is bad, oh so bad, worth destroying, please get the fucking kerosene and burn this shit down I’m the worst writer in the universe please cancel. Clearly, by being here, you’re looking for a quick way out, so here are my 5 ways to stop hating your writing. Read Shitty...

When #MOMLIFE and #WRITERLIFE Collide

Yesterday I managed to get my son to sleep for the afternoon. My daughter was spending the day at my parents’ and I had a wonderful moment of solace to drink a cup of coffee and listen to The Damage Report with John Iadarola. Then I got a text message from Richard Thomas: Adding you to the call in about 10 minutes! And I was like OH FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! A Little...

How to Successfully Introduce Yourself as a Writer

A couple of weeks back, Dan Bell (who I mentioned previously) had a neat live-chat on his Instagram. He picked random people to chat with for about 5 minutes at a time. I submitted my name thinking that the odds of me getting picks were pretty decent. Lo and behold, midway into editing my novel, I was CHOSEN. We talked mostly about “making it” as creative people and how creative...

Building A Writer Platform

Letterboard with the text "You don't got this."

I know that I’m not the only writer who struggles with keeping a blog regularly updated. It shouldn’t be this hard. It’s writing. It’s what I do. Yet, here I am typing out this crap mere hours before the series finale of Game of Thrones. Oh, the pain of building a writer platform. I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest this past week, looking for blogging tips and social...

5 Ways to Slaughter Your Writer’s Block

I haven’t written a short story since 2016. Honestly, it’s shocking to even just write that because this fact upsets me. It’s really been 3 years? I know I wrote a novel somewhere in there (THAT I STILL HAVE YET TO FINISH EDITING) but I seriously couldn’t cram in a story or two in that time? Really? Really? Why can’t I get over this writer’s block? I really don’t know...

While I Was Away: A Horror Story

RJH holding her newborn son, Arthur.

Since I was last here, I started gestating my second child. That’s essentially my excuse for not updating sooner. I needed to sleep. Smells hit me. Anxiety started brimming. I started making excuses. Too pregnant to edit. Too pregnant to blog. I was too pregnant to be a writer. Oh, the horror! Then Red Dead Redemption II came out and I didn’t even need to make excuses anymore. I’d spent...

7 Mistakes I Made Writing My First Novel

Don't be a fucking failure.

Well, I finished my novel in the middle of August. Hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since I freed the book to a handful of beta readers and that I haven’t spent much time hunched over my computer since then, but here we are. I started my book in NaNoWriMo of 2016. Nearly two years later, it’s finally done. Almost. I’ve since sent it out to a...