There is No Right Way

Happy March, friends! Last month we had a blast talking fantasy, but today I want to focus on the writing process again. Particularly, I’d like to discuss the advice that floats around out there in the interwebs and how we develop our writing methods.

You see, the writing process is incredibly personalized… what works for one doesn’t work for all. As writers, we learn over time how to recognize what works best for us and organize our time and abilities to make the most progress.

But despite this truth, I still see countless articles, blog posts, and bits of advice telling writers how they should approach their writing. How they have to set aside a certain time EVERY DAY, how they must write every day, how they should do this, or do that, and if they don’t, they’re not really a writer.

But all that is malarky. One writer’s method may work for them, but it may not work for anyone else. As writers, we need to be wise with what we read and consume and understand this. Other writers may give advice or sure-fire methods to getting that book done, but in reality, they can only share things from their own experience.

When we start writing, it is good to take in as many methods as possible, to try out approaches we might not have tried or considered before. But as we write and practice, we will learn what works (and doesn’t work) for us. And eventually we will have our ideal writing method. We will keep the things that work and discard the rest. And maybe sometimes we will revisit methods when we find we need to refine our methods yet again.

Even after years, the method you develop may not be a concrete method. Your writing process will likely continue to develop and change as you continue to write. Personally, I have tried many methods, and while I found some things that worked and I thought they would be solid forever, I ended up ditching them because they no longer served me.

And that’s okay.

The truth is you will constantly be adapting and altering your method, even minutely, based on your circumstances and current projects. You will eventually find what works for you (or for that project) and stick to that. But then it may change again.

Don’t be afraid of changing, and don’t be afraid to defy the next hot bit of advice to come out of the internet. And also don’t be afraid to try new methods. You may find one that suits you even better than what you thought was your ideal process!

The bottom line is this: do what is best for you, no matter what anyone else says, do what helps you write and focus the most. Do this, and the story will happen in ways you never imagined possible.


What methods are you currently using? What bits of advice have you seen… and hated? Tell me below!

Cozy Stories

Looking for some warm fuzzies on a cold day? I got you covered.

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but up here in Pennsylvania, it’s gotten pretty chilly this week! We even had our first snowstorm halfway through November. Crazy!

All that got me thinking. There is nothing I love better on a cold, blustery day than settling in snuggled up in a blanket with a steaming cup of something, be it coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and a good book. Even better if the dog or cats come to hang out with me. So today, I want to give you a list of some of my favorite cozy, warm-fuzzy-inducing reads.

As a bit of a bonus, I’ll also include a list of movies for those days you just need to give your brain a break… read to the end to see those!

Cozy Reads

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: Cath and Levi 4eva!
Genre: YA contemporary

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others book 1
Why: Meg and Simon and the entire Lakeside pack
Genre: Urban fantasy

Sunrise by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall book 3
Why: This series is a roller coaster, and it ends on such a high note of hope, you can’t help but feel warm and happy at the end! Also there’s so much snow, it seems appropriate for winter.
Genre: YA science fiction

The Martian by Andy Weir
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: That ending… nothing like the feeling that we are all in this together.
Genre: Science fiction

Spice Bringer by H.L. Burke
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: Niya and Jayesh and life. Be ready for the feels and the tears.
Genre: Fantasy

I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
Series: Standalone!
Why: It’s adorable.
Genre: Contemporary/romance

A Chance for Sunny Skies by Eryn Scott
Series: What’s in a Name book 1 (but all can be read out of order)
Why: Sunny is adorable and her story is engaging and warm and full of feels. Honestly, every book by Eryn Scott is warm and fuzzy and fun.
Genre: Contemporary

Cozy Shorts

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
Collection: None!
Why: such a great feeling of solidarity and nostalgia
Genre: YA contemporary

Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington
Collection: None, but part of the Magic Mirrors joint release
Why: Baili’s journey and the love story ❤
Genre: Fantasy

Cozy Flicks

Why: It’s whimsical and magical and leaves you feeling good!
Genre: Fantasy

Meet the Robinsons
Why: It’s also whimsical, but it is encouraging and light and leaves you with a “we can do this” attitude! No movie makes me feel better at the end than this one.
Genre: Fantasy/scifi (kids)

Why: Yeah, I know, more Disney, but Flynn and Rapunzel make me happy. This is one of my greatest pick-me-up movies!
Genre: Fantasy (kids)

Final Thoughts

These are just SOME of my favorite stories that evoke the warm fuzzies. I have a bunch more! But I figured this list is long enough for one post. 😉

Now that I’ve shared some of my favorites with you, I’d love to hear some of yours! What are your favorite books and movies for those cold winter days? Comment below!