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Blog & Writing: Upcoming Changes

Hi all! Please forgive my absence these past weeks. Between personal things and making some changes to various things, I’ve been incredibly distracted and needed some time to think. Thinking about what, you might ask? My blog and my writing, as the title says.

Allow me to elaborate.

  • Blog
    I’ve come to realize that my blog focuses too much on the art of writing. Yes, I am a writer and yes, some are bound to be interested in reading about my views on different writing techniques and the like, but that shouldn’t be what this blog is about. I want all kinds of people to feel comfortable reading my blog – not just those who like reading things you can pick up in non-fiction books. Because, let’s face it, I don’t write non-fiction.

    Because of this, I want to make this blog more personal. I want to write about some day-to-day things, about things that I like and hopefully, about things that you like as well. This change should start taking hold in Wednesday’s blog post.

  • Writing
    I’ve always clung to fantasy for my writing and I thoroughly enjoy writing fantasy, but while writing my horror/dark fantasy novella, I’ve come to realize something. I enjoy writing about the darker, psychological aspects that are present in dark fantasy and horror. Rather than just writing paranormal fantasy, I want to write about things that are darker. I started to notice it in recent story ideas, but this novella is what properly made me take a step back and see what was going on.

    This means that as of immediately, my writing will turn darker. Paranormal fantasy will turn into dark fantasy. I don’t intend to scrap any projects, but they need to be reworked. Changed. The plot needs work so I can add that darker hint to these already-existing ideas. Meanwhile, I still intend to finish the dark fantasy novella by the end of November; that plan hasn’t changed.

So, please forgive these changes! I’d love to hear what you think of them and I’d like to thank everyone who participated in my Halloween Project. Without it, I don’t know how much longer I would’ve had to wait before I realized I prefer the darker side of fantasy.

What would you like me to blog about? If you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comments!

Have a great week, everyone!