38 posts

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 […]

False Start

No one is more easily or quickly discouraged than the writer, especially one starting a new novel. A novel is a huge thing, and I feel like no matter how many I write, the beginning will always be scary. It’s the point where in writing it I jump around from […]

Finding Where the Story Starts

Today I added a note to my pre-writing: “THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE THE STORY SHOULD BEGIN.” As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m using this story to get my mind back into writing mode. Specifically, I’m trying to get back the mindset I had a year ago when I finished […]

Getting Back into the Writing Groove

It’s been a long time since I’ve written any fiction in earnest. I recently mentioned my 60-page, 20,000-word outline for a story I’ve been working on for sometime, and I’ve been wondering why I haven’t just started writing the damn story by now. I think I’ve just been on such […]