Writing is kind of a portable job - all you need is your laptop (or your notebook, or whatever you use). So in theory, you could write anywhere. But not every place is an equally good place to write. What are the options? How do they measure up? *Pulls tape out of Mary Poppin's bag* … Continue reading What are the Best Places to Write?
Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case, go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder), you might find that you need some different spices … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene
It's AUGUST. Do you know what that means? Festivals, fairs, pencils, and backpacks!! In other words, it's back to school season. *cries tears of relief that I'm not in college* All the kiddos and the undergrads are getting ready to study and do sports and whatever else they do. (And I'm over here starting a … Continue reading Back to School for Writers
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.
Love, love is all you need! *takes off headphones* Did you say something? Sorry, I was groov'in. I believe that there is an overall concurrence within the general public that the breed of people known as writers don't need much. OK, fine, fine, fine, FINE. Maybe writers are a little demanding, but we only want total perfection here. … Continue reading All a Writer Need is…
Summertime is the time to PARTY. (And by party I mean going to the mountains and finding somewhere quiet where you can finish your book.) And speaking of parties...(I apologize to all the introverts. I realize talking about parties is illegal.) Finishing your first draft can be very exciting. Whether it's after 30 hysterically frantic … Continue reading How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft
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