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