I used to have a strict word count goal for my writing sessions. At that time, I was still in school and had only a few hours devoted to writing a day. Having a word count goal pushed me, and I got a lot done because of it. But there are different seasons in life … Continue reading Why Writing Goals Matter
Motivation. This is the driving force in any good story. The protagonist has to be motivated to do the THING. If the protagonist isn't motivated, they won't do the THING. Or if they do the THING but aren't motivated, the story won't make a lick of sense. There are plenty of ways to give your … Continue reading Thought on How You Write that Motivation to Get Your Protagonist Out the Door.
The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch, and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer
You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well, that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive. It's not keeping you alive. Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer
(Header Photo by Inês Pimentel on Unsplash) (I'm also not trying to sound like Galadriel.) For those of us writing fiction (which I think most of us here???), we are writing just that. Fiction. Fake stuff. Make believe. Unicorns and dragons and hob goblins. And everybody knows it. Readers pick up your book and think, "This is a novel. … Continue reading If You Don’t Believe in Your Book, No one Will. (I swear I’m not trying to sound like a cat poster.)
The setting: Early, grey morning. I'm half asleep, having been awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel. 20,000 words I have NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted, and my brain is melted and full of snot. So, what do I do? This … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing
Everyone knows that if you wait till you have inspiration to write, you will never write anything, etc. Blah, blah, blah. *ahem* This is all true, but that's not what we are talking about today. So, shove that all aside, please. Today we are talking about finding inspiration, which is also entitled, "How to kidnap … Continue reading How to Find Inspiration (without banging your head on a brick wall)
Make sure you don't have characters that are wasting everybody's time and oxygen. What I mean is - sometimes characters are put in because they feel necessary. Such as: Your MC: People have friends, right? Let's give them a friend. At school: There are always bullies, right? Here's a bully. At home: They have neighbors, … Continue reading Don’t Have Excess Characters
I HAVEN'T POSTED IN TWO WEEKS I'M SO SORRY PEOPLE. First my schedule was frantically full, then I got sick/allergies/an alien might have invaded my body. I'm back, and with stuff to say. I heard a writer once say: "I don't write ideas down. If I forget them, I guess they weren't that good." … Continue reading Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?
Backstory. The story before the story. Every character has it - but how much do you need of it? There are TONS of stuff on developing characters backgrounds....I am to divide character backstory into two schools of thought: What the readers needs What the writer needs We'll start with what the Reader needs. ONLY WHAT'S … Continue reading How Much Backstory is Too Much?