This Monday (writing wise) was a big UGGGHHHHHH and an even longer GAHHHHHH. *featuring me staring angrily at my laptop with a murderous glare* I was editing Lily, and it was just one of those days where this happens: Me: I don't even know where to start. Ugh this sucks. This all sucks. This can't … Continue reading Distinguishing from a Mood and What Actually Sucks
I'm about to get angry. Everyone duck. DISCLAIMER: if you are a plotter by nature and believe in the power of plotting your novel, do not take offence. I don't care how you write your novel, and that is the whole point of this post. Write how YOU need to write. *grabs megaphone and climbs … Continue reading Write How You Need to, and Let That Be That
First off, I almost called Charles Dickens "Chickens" this week so that's how your writer's doing right now. Second thing, I thought I would take you all on a magical mystery tour through....a notebook. More particularly, one of my notebooks. ("Only one of many," I say ominously.) Mostly so you can admire my crazy handwriting and … Continue reading Journey Through a Notebook with Me (Will it be fun? Scary? Bewildering befuddlement?)
First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session
I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE reading nonfiction. Evidence: Writers are constantly berated with the fact that they need to read fiction. That they need to read within their genre. And WE DO NEED TO READ FICTION. I mean, we make fiction, so we better be familiar with it. But you know … Continue reading Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?
Any artist of any medium (dance, painting, writing) will probably wonder at some point, "Am I a good [insert thing]?" In our case, "Am I a good writer?" My first thought about this is CAUTION. *alarm bells and tornado sirens* This can lead down a deep, dark worm hole, from whence you may never return. … Continue reading Am I a Good Writer?
I got a little secret for you. Here, come closer. THERE IS NO PERFECT WRITING ROUTINE. There. I said it. It's easy to become the writer who is constantly searching for the perfect writing routine/method. They bundle their belongings on a stick and go out searching, searching, and searching, like they are looking for El … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine
How long should you step away from a writing project? It's common advice to take breaks from projects. You finish a first draft and put it in a drawer for a while before looking at it again. If you are frustrated with something you step away from it for a while. But what's a while?? … Continue reading How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?
Should you treat writing like work? First, there are a few questions you need to answer: Do you want be published? Do you want to make a career out of writing? Is this your calling? If you have answered yes to any of those questions (or all three), then yes, you should treat writing like … Continue reading Should You Treat Writing like Work?
"On the twelfth day before Christmas my true love gave to me..." Twelves days till Christmas. Twelve days. The reindeer are stamping in their stables, choir boys are rushing to get to practice, and people are walking on the snowy streets window shopping and buying more tinsel. And while you're shopping about, don't forget the writers. … Continue reading What a Writer Wants for Christmas