Every writer's path is different, but there are some things I wish I had known before I started.
I did it again. I let it slip up and grasp me in its wet, sinewy clutches. And worse? I didn’t fight back. I thought I was going so strong in November when I started. I was done with my big NaNoWriMo project, Banquet, before the end of the month, so I started a new … Continue reading Blocked? 11 Easy Ways to Re-Launch a Stalled Story
As a writer, I rely on a lot of resources to keep my mind sharp and my writing game strong. I love reading about the deconstruction of stories, what makes characters tick, and the other habits of writers - which is a big reason I started my interview series for the blog. Today's interviewee has … Continue reading Breaking Stories Down to Resonate with Readers with Christine Frazier. [Interview]
Last month, I asked a few of the peopole in my writing group for a guest post, and Emily Selleck was one of those who was kind enough to oblige. She's a riot - fun, happy, and full of great ideas. This is her take on that most hectic and brilliant of adventures: NaNoWriMo. Why … Continue reading Three Things NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me: Guest Post by Emily Selleck
Originally published 11-17-2013 Can it be done? When I decided to do National Novel Writing Month again this year, I was hesitant, if not downright terrified. I had participated several times (at least a baker's half-dozen) before, and failed miserably every time. Each time I took part, I quit halfway through (or sooner), and my biggest word … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes and Triumphs: This Day in the Past
Shelley Hitz is one of those eternally optimistic people who can bring a little sunshine into your day even if she's across the world from you. Whether reading her books, listening to her podcast, and subscribing to her newsletter, it's hard to not feel better about yourself, your path, and life in general. So it … Continue reading Marketing Your Book on Amazon by Shelley Hitz [Book Review]
A sneaky, little monster Procrastinating: It's fun. It's easy. And it is Hell on a person's productivity. Yes, writing is my chosen profession. As my writing group knows, I make tens of dollars at this thing, and I love every minute of it. So why do I put off doing this thing that I love? … Continue reading Tried and True Writing Tips from a Procrastination Junkie (with Cats!)
Picking just the right title for a short story or poem can be difficult, but crafting the title for a novel can be a nightmare if you don't know where to begin. Having options is key. A good brainstorming session will get you started. 1. Brainstorm Popular wisdom on the subject says to think … Continue reading Name Your Book in 4 Steps or Less