On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)

Recommended word counts cause so much angst. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, check out this Writer's Digest post, or this post on children's fiction. (Unfortunately, they're both pretty old. Still, you get the point.) Agents and publishers look for novels with word counts within a certain range. This length varies by genre and the … Continue reading On Recommended Word Counts and Why They Can Be Helpful (Especially If You Write Fantasy)

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How and Why I Outline

The pantsing vs. outlining discussion is as old as time. Every writer has, at some point, watched a bunch of people debate about the benefits of "winging it" versus the benefits of planning. And I may be sensitive here--I probably am--but whenever people talk about pantsing vs. outlining, outlining gets panned. I've heard it all! … Continue reading How and Why I Outline