Writing


Gamification 1

In theory, the idea behind gamification is awesome. If you’re unfamiliar with the principle, it’s simply turning work into a game. It means getting points for completing tasks, or gaining experience for keeping up a habit. You might even bring some kind of currency into the equation so you can […]


One Week of Freedom 3

We writers sure do complain a lot about not having time to write, don’t we? Yet there’s a common stereotype that when you’re a writer, people automatically imagine you must have a lot of free time. We constantly have to tell people our writing time is not the same as […]


Writing Advice for a Younger Me 2

There are a lot of things I wish I’d realized when I was fourteen years old and started making my first forays into the world of writing. I was proud of those first fumbles in the dark, even though I realized years later that I should not have been so […]


What I’ve Learned from Writing Every Day

When last we left off, I had just finished the outline to a new novel. I’d spent the first five days of the WriteChain Challenge finishing my previous project, then immediately spent eleven days working on and perfecting the outline for my next project. This is day 64, about fifty […]


Write a Little a Day and Surprise Yourself

For the past two weeks now, I’ve been writing a minimum of thirty minutes a day. This all started because of a challenge I read about called the Write Chain Challenge. The idea is to write every day to a certain goal you set for yourself. It can be a goal […]


Just Keep Writing

Talk to any successful author on their success and a number of them will tell you about the power of deadlines. And it’s true – anyone who’s been to school knows this. How many of us have written papers the night before they were due? Beyond that, most jobs come […]


The Obligatory Post-NaNoWriMo Blog

Woo it’s over. Okay, it was over a week ago, but I really needed to take a breather. And now I can go back to slacking off and not writing for months on end. Just kidding. NaNoWriMo may be done, but my book isn’t. Remember a month ago when I […]


How I Won NaNoWriMo 2014

Today’s the day, the first day of NaNoWriMo 2015. I promised that I would share some tips/tools for my fellow Wrimos, so here I am belting out a blog post that I should have written at least yesterday. Here are some of the things that helped me succeed in NaNoWriMo […]


NaNoWriMo: Not This Year

THE IDES OF OCTOBER ARE UPON US. Shit, never mind, that was yesterday. See, I thought yesterday was the fourteenth when I thought of this post, and I was going to write it after work with that hook, thinking that I’d schedule it to be posted today, but then I […]


Creating Conflict: Think Like a Kid

Up through middle school, one of my favorite things to do was play with Legos. I could spend hours building and creating characters and lore to go along with them. And boy was there a lot of lore. Anyway, I had one character whose story was pretty vast. I called […]


The Common Theme of All Writing Books

Have I mentioned that I read a lot of books on writing? I currently have a category on my Kindle labeled “Writing Books” and it tells me that I have 38 of them. I haven’t read them all – I got many in StoryBundle sales – but I’ve read a […]


I Finally Get “Character Agency”

Some things about writing you can’t get just from reading. You can get a lot out of reading, to be sure, but if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking for, then you might not learn a whole lot. Some writers pick up different areas more quickly than others. For […]