I recently asked friends on social media what they’d most like to know about writing—the most popular response had to do with writing a book. How do you start? What do you do when you’ve finished? Since we’re heading into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the beginning seems like a very good place to start. … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Novel?
Discovering your most productive time of day is just smart. Timing and environment can have a profound impact both on how quickly we write and on the quality of what we produce. But I suggest you can become more productive as a writer by paying attention to the length and frequency of your writing sessions.
As a writer, I fall somewhere in the middle of the pantser/plotter spectrum. I like to plot out basic story beats (Dan Wells’ 7 point plot is my current favorite) and then pants my way from one point to the next. This means that I’m generally pretty enthusiastic about drafting beginnings (when I get to … Continue reading Toning the Sagging Middle of Your Novel
I have always been a line-level writer. I live for poetic prose, for dazzling descriptions, for the sentences that make you feel like you're sipping something delightful as you read. I love writing that makes you see the world differently, that pulls you so deeply into its narrative that you can't seem to leave that … Continue reading Lyrical Writing vs. Purple Prose
I recently attended a class by Sarah M. Eden because I've taken courses from her before and she's a brilliant teacher. I went in knowing I'd learn something, but I didn't have super high hopes as she was teaching about the plot structures of romance novels, and while mine have subplots that are romantic, I … Continue reading Writing a Different Kind of Romance: The Sibling Relationship
If you've ever participated in NaNoWriMo, you've had your writing gamified. I've done and won NaNo five years in a row now, and I have to admit that I love watching the word counts rack up. There's nothing like a daily bar graph to encourage you to stay above the trend line.
I’ve heard people say that claiming you have writer’s block is akin to a plumber saying he’s got plumber’s block. To me, that comparison is ridiculous. A plumber has the exact same wrenches and other tools he uses every day on the job. He has a clear-cut list of skills he needs and issues he’ll … Continue reading The Truth About Writer’s Block