What is this blog?
Hi! I’m a writer! And if you’re here, I bet you are, too. This is a place for you, a place where you can take accountability for yourself, a place to learn and grow, a place to think and work.
I have written over 100 short stories and a novel, and I’m currently almost done with three other novels and two novellas. I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) most years since 2008.
I believe wholeheartedly that writing is not just something you do–it’s a habit; it’s a way of life. If you are a writer, then you should always have something you can write in with you; you should always be paying attention to people to see if they can be characters; you should always be coming up with thoughts and ideas; you should always be writing.
My hope is that this blog will help you blossom as a writer. And I hope even more so that you will understand how important it is to quit making excuses for yourself and just do what you love. The real question is this: you’re still reading this–why aren’t you writing?
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A wordsmith with her head in the clouds, Stephanie Tillman keeps her fingers in a little bit of everything. This go-getter started writing at a young age, and her first publication was a short story (“Unscrewed”) in the anthology “Blood and Guts.” She maintains a strong social-media presence among readers and writers, with more than 18,200 followers on her writing-focused Tumblr (“Why Aren’t You Writing?”).
Mentored by poet Dr. Tom C. Hunley for her M.A. in Creative Writing, Stephanie writes in as many genres as possible and is always hungry for new knowledge of any kind. The worlds of fantasy that inspire her came from the pens of Edgar Allan Poe, Lemony Snicket, Meg Cabot, D.J. MacHale, Gail Carson Levine, Jules Verne, and J.K. Rowling.
- I am extremely determined when it comes to reaching my goals.
- I do professional work as an editor, proofreader, and more!
- My work as an editor is in the acknowledgements for a book about leadership.
- I was the only one in my grade to get a perfect score of 6 on the 4th-grade writing test as a kid.
- I’ve written about 100 short stories over the course of my life. Most of them were pre-college.
- An essay I wrote was selected for presentation at an undergraduate conference.
- My first attempt at writing a novel was in high school. It was about 45 handwritten pages. I also spent a lot of time writing stories in the margins of my notes during class.
- I have experience with writing and editing in the fields and genres of poetry, drama, short stories, novels, novellas, nonfiction, legal documents, privacy policies, blog posts, e-mails, Q&A, FAQs, marketing copy, tech guidance, and more!
- I’ve got a really dry sense of humor.
- I love anything related to Disney and any form of amusement/theme park.
- I have fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain.
- In addition to my writing and editing, I’m interested in geology, robotics, video games, game development, Dungeons & Dragons, agriculture, horticulture, theatre, acting, doodling, idle games, ancient history, mythology, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Gravity Falls, Parks and Recreation, Doctor Who, Acorna, anime, accessibility, endangered species, cats, and more!
My (FREE!) Master’s poetry thesis: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/1506/
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Where it all began:
“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”