On Writing: Epiphanies

My determination to finish one of my novels before the end of the year has actually led me to an epiphany about my first novel. Nothing like those last minute pressure-inspired muses, huh?

So my vampire story (love story, if you will) finally has a path from the beginning to the ending. I’ve known the whole story for a while, as it’s been in my head for as long as I can remember, but it’s one thing to know a story and another to tell it. As soon as I put the character down on paper, the companion I’ve had in my mind for so long vanished, leaving only his ghost to linger in my subconscious. It did make room for more worlds and new characters, but I’ve missed his company, nonetheless. And it’s made finishing the novel all the more daunting for his absence.

Now, I wrote this novel in November 2010, and haven’t gone back to it since. Probably the NaNoWriMo burn-out from my first ever attempt was what kept me away more than anything else. That was a very emotional year for me, and getting that first story out on paper was hard. But three years is enough time to breathe, right?

I figured out how I’m going to write it, in what perspective, and how to tie in the minor characters in his story. I’m thrilled. Now, I just have to do all of the rewrites, and create the additions. I’m debating about character names, as well. When I first wrote the story I had avoided reading the Twilight series, knowing what respectable writers thought of that tripe. Then, however, I got some writing advice about reading everything in your genre, good and bad. Apparently, you can learn from the good as well as the bad, and so I read the series.

Now, as a result of these readings, I discovered that two of my five important characters share names with the main characters in those teen-crack-romance novels. I like my character names, but I don’t want to have ANYTHING in common with a bad writer’s misogynistic stories. So I’m considering other name options.

On the upside, my main character’s name will not have to change, it’s his lover who shares a name with Twilight’s main character. Since my Edward and my Alice, are such a big part of my main character’s story, I feel I need to change their names, but I don’t want to. Once I determine where my rewrites will ultimately take them, I’ll consider their names once more. I hate that another writer, and one who’s stories created such dislike within me, is going to deter me from naming characters what I’d initially intended. So I’m thinking about it.

In the meantime, yay for inspiration and problem solving my own novels!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.



I’ve been bad this past week about updating my NaNoWriMo word count, I know.  Between work, school, and my dog having to visit the vet for the third time this month, I simply did not have the time to do much of anything.  I have been writing when I could fit it in, but in all cases I had no access to the internet, which is perhaps why I’ve been so productive.  For the curious, my word count has reached 41,243 words, and I intend to add more to that number today in between homework breaks and an evening with my dog and my girlfriend.

While looking around my other blog for location inspirations, I stumbled across a piece of writing that I had surprisingly not shared here.  It’s a bit old (written in July 2010), but I really liked it and was frankly thrilled that one of the pieces I wrote for an old RPG hadn’t been lost.  So I’m posting it here for you guys.  I call it ‘Inspiration.’

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The Writing Books On Which This Budding Author Depends

The Writing Books On Which This Budding Author Depends

It must be said that I have a pretty extensive library of books, and I’ve begun to add literary magazines to the shelves now, as well. A good part of this library includes books on writing, on editing, on reading like a writer, and those full of writing exercises that keep me from falling prey to the boredom-born monster who goes by the name of Writer’s Block.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 10

Written Today:  6,302
Current Total:  32,749

Okay, I may have taken another pain-killer, and stayed up until around 4AM to write some more.  I couldn’t help it, I was on a role.  Now a big chunk of my fantasy elements have been fleshed out, and incorporated into the story.  Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to get back to it now!  I need to catch up on some homework though, so until it’s finished, I’m not allowed to write another word.  …okay, who am I kidding?  I’ll be writing during homework breaks today in 15 minute spurts to keep me working throughout the day.

I also woke up with fewer aches in my hands, but it’s difficult to tell if that means the flair-up is improving or if the pain-killer I took so late last night is responsible for this.  Either way, I’ll take advantage of it while I still can.

Remember, you can still get your name or a name of your choosing into my novel, but only for the next 3 days!  See this post for details, and go to this page to donate.  I’m really trying to get enough money to take my girlfriend to the Night of Writing Dangerously, as she’s never gone before, but I cannot do it without your help.

Good luck during the rest of the dreaded week 2, and on continuing your novels!  Thank you so much for reading, and have a lovely day.

NaNoWriMo: Technical Difficulties

Due to a major arthritis flair-up in my right hand and wrist joints, I only wrote 904 words Thursday and none at all yesterday.  It’s still pretty uncomfortable right now, but today is Saturday and it is officially NaNoThon so I’m going to do some writing!  I plan to catch up and surpass the word count I should be at for today if I have to take double my arthritis pain meds to do it.  That sounds bad actually.  I think I’ll just suffer through the pain, keep writing, and make my word count that way – probably with lots of breaks.  Wish me luck?

Additionally, there are 4 days remaining before the fund-raising challenge is over, and I’m still only halfway to the goal!  So if you want your name or a name of your choosing to be featured in my novel, please donate!  (Click here for more details.)  I’m also not above taking pledges for word count goals: perhaps something like a penny a word?  That seems reasonable.

My current word count is 10,425.  I’ll update later on with my progress.

Good luck to everyone out there who’s currently working toward a creative endeavour.  You are all brilliant!  Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

Donate to a good cause, and I’ll send you a thank you letter written in your favorite color. ^-^

Any dollar amount will do, really.  Of course, you’ll have to leave me your email so that I can get your letter to you.  ^-^  You can enter the amount that you’re most comfortable donating, and your money will go to The Office of Letters and Light.  Here is their mission statement for those unfamiliar with them:

We believe in ambitious acts of the imagination. The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

Please, stop by the link above for more information. Thank you for stopping by, and have a lovely weekend!

If you haven’t already, please stop by my fundraiser page.

If you haven’t already, please stop by my fundraiser page.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Tatiana, and I am a writer as well as a student.  I have been a writer all my life, but it took me 25 years to figure out that I wanted to pursue it as a career.  I am currently going for a degree in Creative Writing, and if I can get a scholarship to cover my journey there I will be in the 2016 Alumni of UC Berkeley.  

Enough about me though – here is why I have decided to ask for your help:  I think imagination is immensely important.  Simple as that.  As a child, I didn’t have a chance to dream much, and my imagination was strictly controlled; I could believe in the Christian god and the Bible, but was not permitted to believe in anything outside of the strictures within that limited book (Santa Claus, Halloween, etc.).  If it was not in the Bible than it did not exist because God did not create it.  Let’s be honest, that’s not exactly encouragement for any growing imagination.  

There were people in my life, however, who encouraged me to dream, and who carefully and subtely stoked the fire of curiosity within me.  These people would give me books with stories I otherwise might not have read, cards with little Halloween characters on them that I may never seen, and showed me wonderful movies I may never have gotten to watch.  These rebels in my life set fire to my imagination in ways that would not have been possible without their influence, and that is definitely something to be encouraged at all costs.

That is exactly what the Office of Letters and Light does for people of all ages: it encourages all of us not only to use our imaginations, but to do something amazing with them – to create something and share it with others.  That is an amazing thing and something worth continuing.  

So in the spirit of imagination, of creating something beautiful with words that might transport anyone into another world lovingly spawned by a writer, I ask that you support the Office of Letters and Light in their mission to inspire writers of all ages all over the world to continue their quest toward telling the stories that would otherwise be lost.  Every little bit helps, so please donate today!


A bit more about the Office of Letters and Light and the Night of Writing Dangerously in their own words:

The Campaign:


The 2013 Night of Writing Dangerously

Join us for an unforgettable night of literary abandon! Write the night away…

The Organization:

The Office of Letters and Light

We believe in ambitious acts of the imagination. The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.


Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!