On Why “I Want to be Published” May Not Be Great Motivation

Hello again! I'm back from my NaNoWriMo adventure. Alas, I didn't actually win NaNo this year, but hey! I got out of the house a few times, met a few new people, and got to better know some of the folks in my region. That's a win in itself! And now, let's get back to … Continue reading On Why “I Want to be Published” May Not Be Great Motivation

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And Now, a Short Hiatus for NaNoWriMo 2018

It's October 31! You know what that means! ...OK. Yes. It's Halloween. I actually meant something else. It's the end of October. And tomorrow's the start of November! And that means it's time for National Novel Writing Month--also known as NaNoWriMo--a beloved annual event where writers try to write a 50,000-word story in a month. … Continue reading And Now, a Short Hiatus for NaNoWriMo 2018

Middle Grade Stories aren’t Just Young Adult without Sex: Some Thoughts on Genre

First thing's first! Want to enter a giveaway for Justice Unending? Just hop over to LibraryThing, change the "Media" drop-down to "Paper Only," and scroll down until you find it. (I wish I could link directly to the thing. Sorry for all the extra steps!) And with that out of the way, let's get back … Continue reading Middle Grade Stories aren’t Just Young Adult without Sex: Some Thoughts on Genre

Journaling: How Complaining About My Story Helped Me Work Through It

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I lost a ton of time this year by trying to bully myself into coming up with awesome ideas, on a deadline, during my daily hourly writing time. It really, really didn't work. And because this wasn't working, I decided to try some other, gentler brainstorming … Continue reading Journaling: How Complaining About My Story Helped Me Work Through It

Fighting a Creative Slump: Trying to Redefine What I See As “Productivity”

I'm no stranger to creative slumps. Every year, I crash at least once, wonder why I write at all, and take a few weeks off. It eventually pases, all is well again, and I get back to work. But not this year! This year has been terrible. I finished the edit of my most recent … Continue reading Fighting a Creative Slump: Trying to Redefine What I See As “Productivity”

Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being

Are you a plotter or a planner? Well? Do you plan things or do you wing it? Are you organized or spontaneous? Do you structure your books or do you wait for the muse to take you by the hand? You're one or the other! Choose! If you've been writing any amount of time, you've … Continue reading Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being