Character Boards

Feb 14th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

I’m a visual learner. If I want to learn a new art technique, cooking skill, house repair, I look for videos and pictures to walk me through the steps. When I got serious about my writing I realized I could do the same for my characters. I used Pinterest to work for me. As I imagined my characters, I often got a “feeling” about them…

Character Series

Feb 7th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 3 min read

That Stephen King quote hangs in my old writing cabinet. The cabinet that used to house my computer before we turned the extra bedroom into my studio. It is one of my favorite quotes. I think about it when I begin a new book and often when I begin a new chapter. An opening line can hook a reader, but great characters keep them coming…

My Day

Jan 18th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 5 min read

My life is kind of boring. For all intents and purposes, we, I do the same things day in and day out. During the school year our routine is fairly set and, honestly, I like it that way. I have the kind of personality that enjoys predictable rhythms. I took predictability and made it work for me. This year our schedule changed and shifted and…

Process

Jan 12th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

My word for the year is Process. I’m excited to watch the year unfold and see where this word takes me. My word last year helped in my personal life a lot, but I did not feel it touch my writing much. I think this year will be a marvelous combination of both. I’ve spent the last six years trying to refine my process of…

A Page a Day

Jan 9th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings, writing arstanley 5 min read

In 2013 I read one little line that changed my life. “Today is the first day of your 364 page novel.” If I wrote one page a day by the end of the year, I would have 364 pages. That seemed like an achievable goal. Writing has captivated me since I was a tiny child. My mom loves to tell the story of how I…

New Year

Jan 4th, 2019 A.R. Stanley, A.R. Stanley's Musings arstanley 4 min read

Blogging has intrigued me for years and slipped through my grasp again and again. I often wonder if I make it more complicated than it needs to be. I tried creating and using a Bullet Journal last year, and I can honestly say, I loved it. Not only did I enjoy the process of creating it, I liked using it. I liked coloring in the…

Community

Sep 11th, 2018 A.R. Stanley's Musings, muses, social media, writing arstanley 2 min read

 I joined an author webinar last evening hoping to get some wisdom, tips, learn from people who are in the industry. I can’t say I came away with anything earth-shattering. Honestly, I was disappointed and disgruntled when all was said and done. That’s not really the point I’m trying to make with this blog though. One of the great tips they did give was that…

Fans

Sep 2nd, 2018 A.R. Stanley's Musings, muses, writing arstanley 1 min read

I am not a famous writer. I am simply an amateur writer who self-published a novel on Amazon. I’m not dissing myself. I started writing on a consistent basis in 2013. (A funny side note, I can always remember what year it was because it was after I saw the movie ‘Catching Fire’ and finished reading the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy. For another blog… ) I…

Bumps

Aug 31st, 2018 A.R. Stanley's Musings, publishing, social media, writing arstanley 1 min read

I thought writing a novel was hard work. Then I decided to self-publish. And run social media. And promote. And have my husband design and lay things out. And it suddenly overwhelmed me, and some amateur attempts came out of it all. I tell myself I am not the first to experience this nor will I be the last.  Each step and setback can teach…

I Wrote a Book About Addiction

Feb 20th, 2018 A.R. Stanley's Musings, writing arstanley 3 min read

I wrote a book about addiction. When the idea of Dandelion came to me I did not intend to set out to write a book about addiction. I really did not. It even surprises me that Dandelion turned into what she did. I hope that is not disappointing to anyone. That’s how writing can be, though. You get a half-formulated plot, sit down, and start…