Focus is not my forte. I am easily distracted at best, and I am rarely at that best. I tend to dive headfirst into an interest, but that obsession does not last long. I could spend a day, a week, a month, maybe more feeling wholly devoted to a writing theme. Only to abandon it, … Continue reading The Frustration of Mindset
Hi kids! Here's what's what: Yes, I’ve finally gotten around to it, we’re doing a review on Fearful Flash Fiction. The problem is that it's long. Very long. The thing with writing a review on 16 short stories is that it's a review on 16 short stories. So, here's the plan. I am posting the review … Continue reading Fearful Flash Fiction Review & Looking Forward
Dear Reader, Here we are, again. I am spiraling in an existential vortex, the same words ringing around my head like church bells at noon: Why am I the way I am? And more importantly: How dare I? Quick recap: I am soon going to post a reflection about Fearful Flash Fiction where I discuss what … Continue reading The Banal, Narcissistic Auto-Cannibalism of Writing About Writing: Part II
Hey kids! Fearful Flash Fiction claims another victim, and this time, it's spacey. Go read Alone for some sci-fi fun! Everyone, I am so proud of this story. So far, my favorite stories in the FFF collection have been those that pop into my head at random times and I put little thought into writing. This is … Continue reading Alone Released
Dear Reader, Here it is, we've finally reached that horrifying, satisfying achievement. I am now writing about writing about writing. Dear God, what have I done. Some context: I have a few drafts in the works for future blog posts where I examine emotional investment and being cruel to your characters, curating the perfect writing … Continue reading The Banal, Narcissistic Auto-Cannibalism of Writing about Writing: Part I
You are a terrible writer. But that's okay, because I'm a terrible writer too! We are all terrible! Yay! No one pops out of the womb magically perfect at writing. At some point or another, we are terrible at it. What matters most is what we do about our terrible-ness. May I humbly present: The … Continue reading Fail Better: Applying the Scientific Method to Writing
Here's a quick story: Once upon a time I was in a writing slump, where I felt like I couldn't produce anything decent. Then, I was clicking around the internet when I stumbled on Sick Lit Magazine. I went to their submissions page, and read one of their prompts. Bam! Lightning flash of inspiration! I … Continue reading Publication in Sick Lit Magazine!
Here it is, the first Stand-Alone installment in the Terrorwood collection: Animals of Our Own. I am so, so excited to release this story. This character has been knocking around in my head for a long time, and it was a huge relief to finally put her down on paper. Click here if you want … Continue reading Terrorwood: Animals of Our Own Released!
Wanna hear a secret? I despise writing dialogue. I, Emily Vollmer, wholeheartedly acknowledge that dialogue is one of my greatest weaknesses as a writer, and swear to improve my skills in this arena whenever possible. I truly do hate writing conversations. And for a long time, that hindered my ability to write even semi-decently. Now, … Continue reading The Dialogue is Dead. Long Live the Dialogue.
What if my stories are terrible? What if I like my stories, but no one else does? What if I and other people like my stories, but I am unable to turn writing into a career? What if I end up broke and living in a weirdly moist ditch? What if I fail? This is … Continue reading Writing is Terrifying. Here’s Why I Do It.