A quick recap of the last few weeks and my plans for the remainder of the year. Chaos and Nothing I won’t go into detail about all the things that have been keeping me busy lately. But between my oldest starting kindergarten, all the germs and resulting illnesses he brings home, and getting accustomed to… Read More Chaos and Nothing
I plan on writing my next manuscript in July. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, so I’ve got that extra drive to see it through to completion. The story is mapped out, the major characters defined. I’ve even drawn a map of the world to scale. I’ve already started writing scenes in my head. I am… Read More My Two July Babies
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?
Happy December! November was a whirlwind for me, here and gone in no time at all. I wrote a novel (won NaNoWriMo), read two published books, read one ARC book, and beta read a 146k word mammoth of manuscript! Oh, and I had Thanksgiving three times. Food, food, food! It’s been a fun month! Apparently,… Read More November 2016
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
It turns out that turning a fairy tale into a novel-length manuscript feels more like writing a regular fantasy novel than ‘writing a fairy tale.’ There is something about fairytales that demands an obvious narrative voice and brevity in the story telling, neither of which I can feature throughout the bulk of my story. I’m telling a… Read More Writing a Fairytale
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