I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic
I looooove Sarah Andersen's comics. They're one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I'm clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let's talk about it! https://twitter.com/SarahCAndersen/status/943504157960421377 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep its URL in an easy-to-reach place and … Continue reading Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is one of the most well-known writing events out there. Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. People hold local write-ins in their communities, meet other local writers, and write like crazy. And it's hugely popular. Every November, every author … Continue reading Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)
Yes. Post's over! You can all go home now, guys. You--...what? I need to write a little more than that? Honestly, this is one of those questions I've never understood. "The best writers are avid readers" appears in every "Advice for Writers" forum, book, and blog ever written. But writing communities are full of posts … Continue reading Do authors need to read a lot of books?
First thing's first: want a free copy of Justice Unending? Then check out my Goodreads giveaway! It's running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 21 and is available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada (sorry, everyone else! Shipping is expensive.) Good luck! And now, on to the post! About a year or so ago, I … Continue reading The Fixed and Growth Mindsets: How a Popular Psychology Book Applies to Authors
After years of writing, I've learned a very strange thing about myself: when I feel like garbage, a story isn't working, and I know it needs a lot of work before it's "done," the absolute worst, most demoralizing thing I can think is "but imagine what it'll be like when it's published!" Yes, demoralizing. It … Continue reading Finding Motivation for Writing: Focusing Small Successes
Way back in 2015, I wrote an article called "Fun Ways to Use Excel to Track Your Writing Process." It's been getting a lot of visits lately, so I thought it was time to do a new, improved, and updated version of it. Let's talk numbers! Writing numbers. Tracking your daily word count is awesome. … Continue reading Even More Fun Ways to Use Excel to Track Your Writing Process