Just finishing the second chapter of the latest novel project in my life, I learned two things: always finish your chapters with a crisp, cold drink, and with an expectation to deviate from your plan. For this novel project, the fourth I’ve ever seriously worked on in my lifetime, I tried something different. I tried … More The Learning Series: Chapter 2
I fear the second draft. While other writers use this time to carve their rough diamonds to perfection, I stare at my manuscripts and wonder how to start. What do I peel away? What words will be left behind? Will the draft only need stitches, here or there, a slight Botox fill, or total facial … More Polishing a Diamond in the Rough—aka, Your First Draft
A short story can have many faces. They can span lifetimes, or show a snapshot of one particular life changing moment. What the short story can accomplish is up to the writer–how they utilize this story telling tool. A stories effectiveness in relaying a message is usually tied to how the writer chooses to showcase … More What Can Crisis Do For You?
This November’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was a first for me. I had known about the challenge for years but always balked at the goal. How could I write 50 000 words in 30 days? Impossible, I scoffed. But I read the articles, the blog posts, heard the first-hand experiences of NaNoWriMo, and was blown … More NaNoWriMo Virgin Reflections
When a reader picks up your tale, you want them to become invested. When you pick up a book, don’t you yourself want to relate in some way to what you are reading? Doing so helps one better understand the story. The thrill of the action, the twists, and the potential romance or heartbreak will … More The Protagonist: The Most Important Guy and the Reason’s Why
On monday evening I went to a Write-In. Although it sounds as though it has a political angle, the only aspect it had in common with a sixties “sit-in,” or “sit-down,” is the fact that we were sitting. The write-in was a wonderful motivational experiment, one that I hope to repeat. From six-nine, writers were … More The Joys of Writing Together
Slow and steady. Or at least slow, that is how I would describe my progress in plotting my novel. This week I plotted three chapters, a far cry from the chapter a day goal I wished to reach. They are small steps, but it is still a progression, and one should feel proud of any … More Little steps, Big steps, at Least your Walking