August 20th, 2018

Good Afternoon, World 🙂

There’s something magical about outlining a novel. That sounds as pretentious as escargot, but it’s true.

This process of brainstorming, of throwing the skeletons onto the paper and watching them dance, has helped me understand what story I’m telling. There are so many concepts I want to explore, and so many possibilities that could materialize, should I let them.

When I sit down at my computer– or pull out my phone and start yammering like a crazy person– I feel this kinetic energy that I can only describe as exhilaration. A world is growing from my efforts, flaws and imperfections and all, and I have the privilege of trimming and sculpting these leaves and vines, setting up frames for climbing flowers, securing them in the sun.

I know where my story is going, but I don’t always know what direction I have to go to get there. 

I love that.

I love creating a world as I explore, traveling alongside people whom I’m both concocting and getting to know. I don’t always get along with my companions, but still, we make it work. There’s plenty of labor ahead, but I feel confident in this book. I actually… Like it.

I know, holy shit.

That’s integral to writing any story worth its salt. If you hate the tale you’re trying to piece together, how the hell are you going to see it through to fruition? I’ve tried writing projects that I did not care about, and you could see my apathy dripping down every word. That is not the case with “Blood of the Witch.” I love this series, and I’m having so much fun creating it.

I have to finish this outline before I go away on vacation on the 3rd. Once it’s done, I’m going to send it to my beta readers, have them rip it apart, and when I come home, I’ll revise my outline according to their suggestions.


it’s go time.

I’m so excited for September to come. August was great, and while I could have done a better job keeping track of my word count and maintaining a consistent word output, it certainly hasn’t been a wasted month. I’m going to make sure I write one more article, do my best to post on this blog daily, and finish up that outline. 

What are your goals for September? Are you writing anything? Whatcha doing?

Anyway, have a great Monday, I’ll see you tomorrow!

xoxo Liv

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5 replies to “August 20th, 2018

  1. Hello, Liv,

    Not being a writer myself I can only guess, but it seems if you write about something you like it would be easier and even fun. It seems that writing should be fun, especially since that’s what you’ve chosen to do.

    It’s good that you have September goals in sight already. There are only eleven days left in August, so that seems about right.

    It’s funny you would mention about getting along with your companions. You’ll appreciate this, I’m sure. A customer came in the other day who used to come in where we worked. I got to talk to her a little and she said she thought I always got along well with the manager there and was surprised when I left! So I told her that actually I couldn’t stand the woman. See how good I am? She seemed shocked! Anyway, that made my day and I know you’re probably rolling on the floor laughing just about now. I didn’t want to get too specific here, but I know you know what I’m talking about.

    I really don’t have any goals for September yet. There are too many intangibles keeping that from happening right now, but I’ll get there.

    Have a good evening,


    1. Hi Bill! Haha yeah, those were the good ol’days, eh? I wonder how she’s doing sometimes. She was a great teacher of patience, and I’m sure I grated Her nerves just as much as she grated mine. To be fair, though, my work ethic when I was in my twenties was utter shit. I pity you guys for having to manage such an unruly subject. Thank you both for putting up with me!


      1. Liv, I have to disagree that she was a teacher of patience, but only because she was such a pain in the ass! So that wasn’t really teaching, that was more survival on our parts, yours and mine! I never thought you were unruly, but realized that your level of intelligence made the things we were teaching you seem mundane so it was hard for you to focus. Some others didn’t see it that way at first, to be honest. By the way, I always liked working with you and I never felt that I had to “put up” with anything.


      2. That’s nice to know! 🙂 I always enjoyed working with you too, your were unanimously our favorite manager. I breathed a sigh of relief when you were at the wheel.


  2. I’m glad you and the others felt that way, Liv. I always tried to be fair and honest with people, and I didn’t mind working right along with you. Sometimes I thought I might have been too easy on you guys, but I really don’t think so. We still got things done.


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