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

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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

On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

I attended the New England SCBWI writing conference back in April, and one of the most intriguing panels I attended--and the one that's stayed with me the best--was called "And Then There Were More: The Art of Writing a Series with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette." I'm a fantasy author, so--be it for better or for worse--series … Continue reading On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

Outlining, Outlining, Outlining! – And Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley

I recently finished Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley, and my very short review is on Gooodreads. But, like always, I'm going to leave the review on Goodreads and ramble about what it meeeeeeans to me here. This has not, so far, been a very good year for writing. I'll write about that later, I'm … Continue reading Outlining, Outlining, Outlining! – And Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley