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?
Books I only read three books this month. I say ‘only’ because two of them were re-reads. So I only read one new book in April. I completed Joe Hart’s Dominion Trilogy: The Last Girl, The Final Trade, and his newest release, The First City. I’m not going to lie, rereading books within a three year time… Read More April Recap
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
In honor of wanting to post at least one blog a week in 2017, here is a quick update on my current work in progress. Today I wrote 2,538 words. One chapter. I’ve been writing a chapter at a time, going back to edit it, sending it off to my writing buddy for more edits, reviewing… Read More Current WIP Update
There are loads of mistakes writers can make. The biggest mistake by far is thinking we are infallible. Every mistake a person makes becomes that much more cringe-worthy when that same person believes they can do no wrong. Another way to think about it is through humility. Writers have to be humble and realize that there is always room to grow.… Read More The Worst Mistake a Writer Can Make
I feel like I’m going to be editing and revising forever. Last year, all I did was write. It was incredibly fun. Since mid-July though, I’ve been working on ONE project, a never ending revision of my first novel. Devoting a lot of time to writing, practicing if you will, can help a person improve their writing ability.… Read More Why Revise?
Over the last ten days I’ve cut a whopping 9,500 words from my manuscript. My goal is/was to cut 20k from it…okay let me back up. My brain is sludge right now. I’ve been editing all the long, long weekend and not getting a lot of sleep. When I originally completed the manuscript I’m working on, it… Read More Word Count & Cutting Words
I am currently on a revising high after being in an editing low. Rather than simply looking for typos and oddly worded sentences, I’ve been rewriting chapters, adding new scenes, and moving chapters around within my current work in progress. I’ve been having so much fun that I haven’t taken the time to blog about it. The last… Read More Revising Highs
It is important to know all of the antagonists in your stories so that you can develop them fully and not have plot holes. In the sci-fi and fantasy genres, there is usually a bad guy or an evil empire. Unfortunately, this villain you create might not be your only antagonist. An antagonist is anything that opposes… Read More Secret Antagonists
Unfortunately, you can’t be a writer without doing some amount of editing. Even if you decide to hire developmental, copy, and line editors, you are still going to be a part of the process. Unless you hire a ghost writer, you are going to edit at some point or another. Editing isn’t terrible. It’s not. When you… Read More How to NOT Go Insane While Editing Your Novel