I LOVE DATA. I also love writing. Consequentially, I really wanted to find a way to better track my writing progress. I wanted more than the "X words out of XX,XXX" tickers that you see on message boards or the chapter-level or novel-level targets that Scrivener gave you. I wanted to map my work daily, … Continue reading Fun Ways to Use Excel to Track your Writing Progress
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying
OK, so before I get into this article, I wanted to do a teeny-tiny little disclaimer. I do have a novel that I've been trying to find a home for, so posting something titled "In Praise of the Unpublished Drawer Novel" probably sounds like a cry for help. It's not! I'll have more to say … Continue reading In Praise of the Unpublished Drawer Novel ‹ Literary Hub
For years, I had an extremely rigid writing schedule: I wrote 2 times a week for about 3 hours at a time. I'd usually do two days writing and one day editing, and I'd write somewhere around 4-5,000 words a week. It worked, it was wonderful, and I kept it going for 7 whole years. … Continue reading In Praise of the One-Hour-a-Day Writing Schedule
Oh, shoot! Has it really been three weeks since I last posted? I'm awful at this blogging thing. But never fear! I have yet another writing resource that you might have seen already, because it came out weeks ago. But here you go: an interesting guest piece from Writer Beware: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest … Continue reading Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.
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
I still love field guides. A few weeks ago I wrote about how much I loved my new field guide about the Pacific Northwest. But, alas, I write faux-Victorian nonsense, and even straight-up fantasy-with-Victorian-flair sounds weird among the dense, old forests of the American northwest. So I got two books off of Amazon: A Photographic … Continue reading Field Guides and World Construction
Since all my traffic seems to be coming from people looking for NaNoWriMo-related things, I thought I'd wish all you writers good luck! It's the start of a brand new National Novel Writing Month, and while I'm not going to be participating, I can still give the strangers of the internet all my unwelcome advice. … Continue reading Happy NaNoWriMo, Everyone!
Whenever I write novels, I am /incredibly/ obsessed with tracking my word count. This is probably because (as I mentioned before), I once had no idea how long a story should be. The first novel I "finished" was a 120,000 YA story. I wasn't thinking about word count, I was thinking about "chapters." And since … Continue reading My Obsession with Word Counts