Once, while I was working at my university's writing center, a student brought in a piece of short fiction to workshop. After reading through the piece with him, I mentioned that it was difficult to distinguish his character's thoughts about the past from her current timeline. Him: "Yeah, that's what my group said too." Me: … Continue reading Past of the Past
As a teacher, I tell my students that readers are constantly making judgments about what they right, trying to estimate what kind of story or information will follow. These expectations form an unspoken agreement with the reader, and if the writer violates those expectations too much, readers feel, at best, annoyed and at worst, betrayed. … Continue reading Setting Reader Expectations (aka, why most prologues don’t work)
My wife is an avid reader. When I say avid, I mean that this woman goes through at least 3-4 books a week. She reads pretty much any genre out there as long as it’s fairly clean. The one thing that I like being married to an avid reader is hearing her many pet peeves … Continue reading Wait! That’s not their name!
Hello writers! Nice to see you again!During November I did NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month), as I have for the last four years. But something different happened this time.See, as I draft, I'm usually also leaving notes for myself. My first write-through is ridiculously messy. Brackets all over the place, bits of outline here and … Continue reading Writers, Keep Your Promises
Happy National Novel Writing Month!Me, I finished my first draft on November 2. (I started it about six months before that. 🙂 This first draft of mine is, of course, messy. And when I think of messy, I think of my daughter's room. And specifically, her Rapunzel doll's hair.Yikes.This is the actual state of poor Rapunzel's … Continue reading Untangled: 7 Revision Tips
We are thrilled to welcome our newest contributor Sydney Strand!I go through seven drafts, and I can’t decrease the number. I’ve tried. But when I do, I ultimately make MORE work for myself, which increases my stress eating and self-loathing. (More than the average amount.)I finally made peace with my Seven Drafts when I read … Continue reading My Seven Draft Process
So I think after you've been drafting, revising, editing, querying, drafting, revising, editing, querying for a while, you can fall into a routine.I've found myself there. So I've decided to switch it up a bit. Move outside my comfort zone. Do something I haven't done in a VERY long time.I mean, we all know that … Continue reading Doing Something Different