B. Washington Writes

Hi! My name is Brittany. I write fiction and poetry. I'll be documenting the editing process of my first novel, offering writing tips and prompts, and of course writing about books! (Psalm 45:1)

I wrote a short story! :D Completely new characters. I think I will take time to write that short story with some old characters I had from another story. 

I might share this new short story. I did write it in my drafts. Now, it’s time to go to sleep. I have to get up in the morning. 

I’m already looking for the next book I’m going to read lol. I’m so close to finishing Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (it’s so good!). I think I’m going with Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause even though the first books I looked up were all adult books. I think I might be shifting into more adult fiction soon.

“Lately I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep. Dreaming about the things that we could be. Lately I’ve been, I’ve been praying hard. Soon no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars.”


Counting Stars by OneRepublic

(But I’m stuck on this cover of it)


Writing Quote - Tobias Wolff

The Big Moment

It should have been obvious, but sometimes you’re just too close to your work. Sometimes, you just need to take a break and clear your head of all the tiny details. I kept trying to knick pick at what was wrong with where I was in the story when it was something much bigger.

There is no big moment in the current draft of my story. It’s also known as the climax, but I’m also thinking of it in terms of the events that lead up to the big moment. This draft is lacking in a lot of things. I think this is the reason I’m just stuck. I think this is why starting over feels like the right thing to do.

The one event that had potential to be the big moment happened too soon and I changed a lot of the feelings around it. My first draft had a pretty good big moment and instead of taking that and making it better, I just sort of let it fall apart.

So I have to do some more in-depth planning and then start over. With each draft, I sit down and do more and more planning. Hopefully, I’ll make it through this draft this time. If not, I might need to shelf it and get started on my next project.

P.S. And all of this without even reading the second draft! I think I’m going to reread my first draft, read my second draft, and then start planning for draft 2.5 (It’s 2.5 since I really didn’t finish the second one and it’s not really a whole new draft).


This, every time.


This, every time.

(Source: mikelsens, via fixyourwritinghabits)


I want to read until all my problems go away. thats how it works right?

(via pocketfullofink)

BOMB Magazine: Junot Díaz by Edwidge Danticat


"For those who don’t know: Dominicans are perpetually singled out whenever there’s a discussion of self-hatred and black denial. (It’s almost like if we talked about Dominican self-hatred we don’t have to talk about anybody else’s self-hatred.) Mostly because it’s easy—owing to some awful peculiarities in Dominican history, our version of “black denial” grates on the Imperial Black sensibilities common throughout the US. Dominicans are easy to single out about the blackness problematic because we make certain issues explicit, not because we’re alone in having these issues. This can’t be emphasized enough.”

(via junotdiaz)


2 months after Ukrainian revolution, here’s what Independence Square looks like

Independence Square was the emblem of the Euromaidan movement. (“Maidan” is a Ukrainian word for “square.”) But almost five months after protests broke out — and two months since the toppling of Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russia government — the fate of the Maidan remains uncertain. The square has largely been cleared, but not everyone is ready to go home.

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“We are not quite novels.
We are not quite short stories.
In the end, we are collected works.”

—   Gabrielle Zevin (via uneautredimension)

(via writetothestars)