On Branching Out

Hello friends! As you may know, my current Big Project is a fantasy trilogy. I’m talking magic and castles and the like. However, I don’t write only fantasy. Over the years, I’ve tried my hand at various styles and genres, from playwriting to creative nonfiction. (Poetry and I are not friends, so my forays intoContinue reading “On Branching Out”

On Love and Stuff

Hello friends! My name is Belinda, and I’m a sucker for a good romantic subplot. I’m not a big reader of romance, but give me a book of any other genre, with a romantic subplot and I’m set. The moment a potential love interest is introduced, my interest increases. However, I also prefer a storyContinue reading “On Love and Stuff”

On Authors and Influence

Hello friends! Like many millennials who liked to read growing up, I found my way to Harry Potter. Unlike a lot of fans, I didn’t read the full series until 2008, when every book was out. (I don’t like waiting!) I fell in love with the story and characters, as many readers before me did.Continue reading “On Authors and Influence”

On Stress, Mental Health, and Productivity

Hello friends! Let’s talk about mental health. When you’re giving so much of your energy to a creative project, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself, too. Or sometimes you get in a funk and creativity is hard. For me, being creative has always been a way I destress. Something badContinue reading “On Stress, Mental Health, and Productivity”

On Group Chats and Found Families

Hello friends! One of my favorite tropes, in life and fiction, has always been found families. I always found myself attracted to stories that explored that idea, like The Thief Lord and Maximum Ride. As I got older, I found that I was still really into the idea, and I started noticing the trend inContinue reading “On Group Chats and Found Families”

On the Importance of Writing Buddies

Hello friends! I think one of the most-widely circulated lies about writing is that it’s a solitary profession. I heartily disagree. If done right, it should not be solitary. Some days it’s hard to get a word out; some plot holes seem too big to patch up. But what can help both of those things?Continue reading “On the Importance of Writing Buddies”

On Setting and Worldbuilding

Hello friends! This week’s topic: setting and worldbuilding. I struggle with worldbuilding. I wonder if part of this has been my background in theatre; in playwriting, I put most of my focus on character and dialogue, leaving the set to the designers. Playwriting and novel writing are very different from each other in many ways,Continue reading “On Setting and Worldbuilding”