I’m Changing Just About Everything

*peaks out from under layers of Google documents* Hey friends! I come to you with an update.

I’ve decided to redesign my site and switch to a paid hosting service! *throws confetti* I’m also renaming and repurposing the blog to focus on writing, story prompts, and other fiction related stuff so I have a nitch to work inside of. If everything goes as planned, I’ll relaunch my site in early December.

Thanks for your patience, guys! I look forward to sharing the new site with you. 🙂

-Gabrielle R. Pollack

 

Farewell for Now

Hey guys!

I know the title may have panicked you a little, but don’t worry. I’m not giving up blogging permanently.

Just for a little while.

I have important blogging-related decisions I need to make and changes I must research. Though I love posting each week, it takes up a bunch of time that I need to organize and learn.

That said, I won’t post again until the second or third week of November. 

I’m going to miss you all. You guys have shown me such amazing support, and I appreciate it so much! I hope that this break will improve my blogging abilities so I can bring you guys even better stuff.

Thank you for understanding, and I hope you have an amazing October. 🙂

Gabrielle R. Pollack

My Projects: Ridgeline

Hey friends! Now that I finished Ridgeline’s first draft, I’m ready to share a bit of it with you! I’m sooooo excited! 😀  

I’ll give you a brief preview of the project in this post. You can read the rest of it on the official page, here.

For those who don’t know, Ridgeline is my WIP that I’ve been working on since July. The page is dedicated to whatever info I chose to share regarding the story, including my progress and a few character profiles.

Stats

Working Title: Ridgeline 

Genre: Low Fantasy

Length: 68,757 words.

Stage: On Break

Elevator Pitch:

A snarky immortal joins the human race in an attempt to save his decaying immortality. Before he can find the knowledge he needs, he’s pulled into the lives of three humans and their desperate efforts to survive an apocalyptic war. Read more

My 9 Somethings for September

Hey friends!

I hope life is treating you well! My month was a rather calm one but not without its quirky happenings. 🙂 Welcome to my 9 Somethings for September!

Something Related to Writing

I’m done with Ridgeline!

*yells from the rooftop* *dances in the rain* *throws glitter that sticks to my wet hair*

This story is one of the most natural books I’ve written yet. I outlined but didn’t force myself to stress too much over scene structure and theme, like I’ve done before. There’s a bunch of issues (it’s the first draft, after all), but I’m still thrilled with it. 🙂 The current word count is 68,757.

I also had a major breakthrough regarding Rook’s new book, Ceasefire. The story had been missing a certain something I couldn’t name, but when a new idea hit me, the whole thing came to life. 🙂 Was I brainstorming when I should have been writing Ridgeline? Maaaaaybe.

I’m planning on writing Ceasefire during Nanowrimo. 🙂

I had two articles published on SE this month!

Don’t Let Pressure Kill the Joy in Your Writing and How to Use Details in Action Sequences. *beams with pride* Read more

Five Free Resources to Help You Survive the Brainstorming Process

Free resources are fantastic for boosting your creative juices while making friends with your wallet. Here is a list of five epic resources I’ve tested out myself to help you brainstorm.

#1. Trello

This tool kept me sane during the initial stages of Ridgeline brainstorming.

Trello is a collaboration program that lets you create boards and fill them with cards. While brainstorming Ridgeline’s plot, I could create a board for each scene, add a few cards, and rearrange them with a simple drag. Trello lets you upload files and pictures, add comments, and much more. Though I don’t use it for Ridgeline at the moment, it was still a massive help for organizing my scattered ideas.

Tip: I’m obsessed with personalizing my accounts. I discovered early on Trello lets you change the pictures behind your boards. Though it doesn’t let you upload your own, it gives you a nice selection to choose from.  All you have to do is open your menu and find the “Change Background” option.

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I added a few pics so you could see what a board looks like with photos.

#2. Color Note

This app has saved the lives of hundreds of ideas. I’ve used Color Note at all hours of the night when that annoying burst of inspiration hits and I fumble around in the dark for a place to write my ideas. Read more