I thought I’d share some interesting mathematical facts about planning to write a 50,000 word novel and having an outline of plot points. For my current work in progress, I used the seven point structure: Hook Plot Turn 1 Pinch point 1 Midpoint Pinch point 2 Plot turn 2 Resolution Now, traditionally, these are set… Read More The Mathematics of Writing
Generally, there are two extremes for how writers go about writing. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase ‘plotter or pantser’ and wondered what it meant. Basically, a plotter (or a planner) plans before they write, while a pantser “flies by the seat of their pants,” doing little to no planning. For a quick look at the… Read More Should You Plan Your Manuscript?
Time for an all inclusive look at sharing your writing with others. Topics that will be covered: Why to Share Your Writing, How to Share Your Writing, and Results of Sharing Your Writing. Why to Share Your Writing Letting others read your manuscript for the first time can be scary. Maybe you’re nervous that other… Read More Sharing Your Manuscript
I’m sipping coffee and considering grabbing a handful of vegan marshmallows to munch on while I drink (because gelatin [extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as cattle, chicken, pigs, and fish] is disgusting). I will probably write this morning. I will definitely continue outlining the new story idea I came up with… Read More Coffee and Marshmallows
I gave myself a challenge Saturday evening. Write 10,000 words for my current work in progress by tonight. Well, I didn’t write 10k words. I wrote 15k! I met my 10k goal a day and a half early and kept going. I have the next chapter worked out in my head already, but I haven’t… Read More Goals
And then I realized it was the end of February and I needed to get my life together. I’ve been reading way too many books lately and not writing nearly enough. Okay, so I don’t actually mind about reading a lot of books. Books are good. I need to finish my flipping work in progress though. Knowing… Read More The End of February
For a while now, a blur of thoughts have constantly been at the back of my mind. Is what I’m writing creative, original, unique? Is it special? What makes it worthy of being read and liked by others? Is it just another story that anyone could have invented and told? Since I’ve been reading modern… Read More Creativity and Originality
This year was my first year to participate in National Novel Writing Month, and I won! The goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. I reached the 50k word goal today, but my novel isn’t done. I’m close to the end but still have a couple thousand more words to write before I can type… Read More NaNoWriMo WIN!
For starters, let me prove that I have written 40,000 words in ten days. My NaNoWriMo stats are: To be 100% transparent, I had a bad writing day Wednesday after the election and only got about 850 words written. In a world where those extenuating circumstances didn’t exist or happened in a different month, I would easily have been… Read More How to Write 40k Words in 10 Days
A pact has been made. Book One MUST be completed and edited before work can recommence on book two. As you probably know, I’ve been very distracted and lazy lately. I am close, very close to finalizing the manuscript I have been editing and revising since July. It is the first book in a series. I sent… Read More Finish Book 1 First