Do You Have to Finish Writing that Book?

Do you always have to finish what you're writing? First off, there are two kinds of finishing: finishing a draft, and finishing through the editing process.  Let's take a look at the first. 1 So you're in the throes of writing a first draft. You probably started out with a lot of hype and excitement … Continue reading Do You Have to Finish Writing that Book?

Why Linguini is One of My Favorite Underdog Characters (from Ratatouille)

Ratatouille will forever be one my favorite movies. It just never gets old. One of the things that the movie does so well (despite making the food look delicious) is the character of Linguini (his first name is Alfredo btw. Like what the heck I think his mom liked pasta too much). He starts the … Continue reading Why Linguini is One of My Favorite Underdog Characters (from Ratatouille)

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Writing Advice?

Recently I felt the need to go through my pinterest boards and clear out and delete pins that I wouldn't use or didn't need. I know this sounds tedious and you're probably wondering why the heck would I waste my time and perform such a dull and unnecessary task. But it's CLUTTER. I don't NEED … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Writing Advice?

Fight Write by Carla Hoch: a Review

Do you plan on writing fight scenes? *raises hand* Do you plan on writing a LOT of fight scenes? *raises both* So if you raised your hand (or other such limbs) in answer to either of those questions then read. this. book. This book covers pretty much everything about writing fight scenes, and I think … Continue reading Fight Write by Carla Hoch: a Review

Make Inspiration a Habit, Not Luck (writing without inspiration)

It's pounded into the heads of us writers: we must write even when uninspired. Write anyways. Force yourself. Don't wait for inspiration or you'll never get it done. Just stick yourself in a chair and write. None of that's wrong. But it does sound very grueling. Pulling words out of your head even when you … Continue reading Make Inspiration a Habit, Not Luck (writing without inspiration)

Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

This happens to me a lot when I'm editing my novel(s), and I'm sure this happens to other writers: There's that scene, that dialogue, that character that just isn't working for you. You hate it. You've tried this, you've tried that. You've worked it over and over again, mulled over it, tried to push forward, … Continue reading Don’t Try and Fix It (I’m not talking about leaking roofs or anything)

How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

If we were all octopuses (or kraken), multitasking would be a lot easier. Except for multitasking multiple writing projects. Then we need eight brains as well as eight arms. Actually, make that sixteen arms. Two arms for each brain. No, this whole blog is not going to be about octopuses and Kraken, though I could continue … Continue reading How Many Novels Should You Write at One Time?

Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?

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?

When You Hate Your Writing

I talked about this a little here, but I want to go further into it today. Back sometime in December  - I'm not really sure when, but it was a few days after Christmas - I pulled out a first draft I had set aside for a few months. My fantasy novel Oh, Wonder Why … Continue reading When You Hate Your Writing