My experience with NaNoWriMo this year was a little different than it had been in years past. I started late with an extensive outline on the first book in a new series that ended up being short of the 50,000-word mark. No big deal, right? On Starting Late and Outlining as a Plantser In previous years, … Continue reading 4 things that should have tripped me up during NaNoWriMo 2016 – but didn’t.
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!)
I write a lot, and I talk almost as much. Is it an incessant need to fill the silence or a wish to be heard that drives me? Is it money, fame, or notoriety? Yes and no. I crave to be heard as much as the next guy, and I can't pay my bills in … Continue reading Crossing Genres, Being Authentic, and the Creative Urge
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