First Draft, The Craft

Map the Story: How I Translate Nebulous Ideas into Plot

You have the images, the music, the climax, and the ending all wrapped in a bow. But when it comes time to actually get that vision onto paper, this glass wall refracts your ideas into something that vaguely resembles them. It's a frustratingly-beautiful-pain-in-my-butt process.

Writer's Life

Keeping Inspiration Alive

April 2018 is a big month for aspiring writers, poets, and other creatives.  Currently, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo by writing a short story collection.  Most blog posts this month will be focused on my experiences with completing this project.   Nothing is more harrowing to an aspiring creative when the ideas stop coming… Continue reading Keeping Inspiration Alive

Writer's Life

Stumbling Giraffes

I stumbled. I had gotten used to the consistent improvements in my mental and emotional health.  I was writing regularly.  Work was hardly a worry.  I was being more social and trying new things. Then the insomnia freight train hit me. I couldn’t sleep more than four hours a night.  Everything was irritating and the… Continue reading Stumbling Giraffes

Writer's Life

On Rekindling Passion

High school teaches us that our passions only matter when we can make money from them. University teaches us that our passions don’t matter because we can’t make money from them. Your life’s passion must be business-related, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  You have to do well in courses, take on as many internships as… Continue reading On Rekindling Passion

The Craft


It's no secret that I'm a worrier. If there are clouds in the sky and the meteorologist calls for no rain, I still carry around an umbrella.  I insistently ask if a sick loved one is okay throughout the day until they are better.  When I am asked about future decisions, I stutter my way… Continue reading Drifting