My two-month hiatus is over! StoryPort is back, and better than ever. ;D I’m so excited to share my renovated blog with you. Not only does it look different around here, (just explore the site and you’ll see), but I also have a whole new direction for my posts. Are you ready to hear what it is? Here we go…
StoryPort’s new direction: Epic adventure.
In the past, my posts have been about storytelling in general, but I’ve decided to narrow down my topic to writing tips for fantasy, science fiction, and adventure. This is the realm where I’m most passionate about, and it’s where I probably have the most to say! Also, probably every novel I ever write will be in this mega-genre, so it’s only fitting. *wink* (You can read more about this new direction here!)
What else has changed?
1. Weekly posts
My blogging has been very sporadic in the past, but I’m finally starting up a weekly schedule. You can expect a new blog post every Thursday morning. (Keep an eye out for next week’s post on the right way to kill your characters!)
To introduce more variety to my blog posts, I’ll occasionally interview writers and authors with knowledge or wisdom I can’t provide. We’ll get to learn from them together… which I expect will be loads of fun!
3. Monthly writing updates
Most of my blog posts will be writing tips, but once a month (in the first week of the month) I’ll share a peek into my personal life. I’ll tell you how my writing projects are going, what mistakes I’m making, and what I’m learning along the way. This is also where I’ll participate in blog tags, whenever I’ve been tagged.
Which leads us straight into the next subsection…
A (quick) writing update
I’ve been away for a while… so it’s worth letting you know what I’ve been up to!
1. Emergence is changing!
I received my editorial review feedback from Nadine Brandes. OH MY GOODNESS. First of all: I highly recommend her as an editor, because she is amazing. Secondly: The amount of changes I’m planning for this next draft… yikes… it’s enough to make me dizzy. But I’m so excited for all of it, because it will make my novel a much, much better story.
Also, a major side note: I’m planning to change Emergence’s title. I haven’t officially announced it yet… but expect to hear more about this soon!
2. The Rebel of Mosoria is killing me.
I’m still plugging away at the second draft of my dark little novella. It’s such a lovely story filled with blood, heartache, and pain. In all seriousness, I’m actually really struggling with this book. It’s easily the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to write, emotionally speaking. I even had to take a break from it last week for mental health reasons.
Something I learned from this process: It’s okay to step away from a project, if you need to. I even worked on a little comedy project for stress relief (which I’ll probably be sharing with you soon, mwahaha). I might have to take this novella slowly; I might not finish it by the time I originally hoped.
But you know what? That’s okay.
We should never sacrifice our personal health on the altar of creativity. In fact, our projects will turn out better if we place our mental, emotional, and physical well-being first. We all know this, but sometimes we need reminding. 🙂
What do you think about StoryPort’s new look? Are you excited about the “epic adventure” theme? And more personally, have you ever had to step away from a project because it was just too hard or draining? Share in the comments below!