Do you ever have days where you feel our of things to say? I certainly do. But what does one do when this happens in the middle of your first draft? One word: Edit. It is never to early to review what you have so far and see what needs fixing. It saves you the […]Read more "O is for: Out or Words"
Don’t do it! That’s my advice to myself this week. Square three of ten is still better than square one, and as long as I’m doing SOMETHING, that’s valuable. Writers love to stroke our own egos when things go well and then tear ourselves apart when we realize that our work is less than perfect, […]Read more "N is for: Naysaying"
On this topic I have but two things to say: 1) Track changes in MS Word is the greatest invention. Ever. 2) If you take your frustration out on annotations, you will not be able to read them later. That is all.Read more "M is for: Markup"
The character who’s driving me crazy this week. Len (short for Demagalen) is a major player in Redfeather and Envoy, though her influence in the trilogy is subtle and becomes more important in the second and third books. She’s patient and steady until she thinks the time is right for any given action, at which point […]Read more "L is for: Len"
Without thinking of it for more than five seconds, pick on of your characters, and name one food that they don’t like. 1, 2, 3 go!Read more "J is for: Jalapeno"
Let’s say you’re writing a crime novel. Let’s say you’re writing a spy novel. Or, even better, let’s say you’re writing a fantasy novel along the lines of the The Song of Ice and Fire books. How much understanding do you need to have of something like politics? For the spy novel, you’re probably imagining yourself entrenched […]Read more "I is for: Information"
If I’ve learned anything about writing, it’s that inspiration doesn’t keep a schedule. The fact that the rest of my life does makes that somewhat of a problem. I’ve tried making schedules, lists, you name it, and at the end of every day I’m still winging it trying to fit it all in, with a […]Read more "H is for: Homework, Day Jobs, and Scheduling"