Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)

Day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo My writing sucks. The characters aren't behaving like themselves. My prose is flat, unimaginative, but worst of all? I can't figure out whose eyes I want the reader to see through. We've all been there. You've heard me say it before and I will say it again—perfectionism is a plague… Continue reading How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized

I Went To a Writers’ Group and Here’s What I Found

It's good to be back! (but now I must go...) This last week, I held off on scheduling my Thursday post in advance, counting on my Wednesday-night Writers' Group experiences to give me all the material I would need. . .but then Tuesday's storm hit like The God of Thunder himself struck his lightning hammer… Continue reading I Went To a Writers’ Group and Here’s What I Found

POV, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Controlling the Camera of Your Narration (Introducing new angles)

For any of you who followed my last post (a writing prompt to base a short story on a song,) and were looking forward to my short story based off Hotel California by the Eagles, I wanted to mention that this last week has been very busy and I did not get around to putting the… Continue reading Controlling the Camera of Your Narration (Introducing new angles)

Prompts, Uncategorized

Playlist Writing Prompt

Have you ever listened to new song that just resonated with your writerly soul? Maybe you suddenly realized just how great the song was, so you started it over again to pay attention to every word and listen to the story it told. It transported you to another slice of the world, or you felt… Continue reading Playlist Writing Prompt

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

How to Write Freely and Without Fear

Milly Schmidt is a writer, blogger, and crazy cat lady living in the New England, Australia. She is one of my dearest #writing Tweeps and you can find her friendly and honest advice on navigating the deep waters of the Writer's Life (with the occasional cat dashed in for good measure!) at her blog, The Cat's… Continue reading How to Write Freely and Without Fear

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized

Reducing Stress and Anxiety For Writers

Hi, all. I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! Since my last post on Thursday, May 24, I have treated myself to an entire week off of writing work to take a breather and assess my goals, both in writing and in life. Now the past few days have been hectic… Continue reading Reducing Stress and Anxiety For Writers

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Simplifying Scenes Pt. 2 (The Bare Bones)

A Scene Is Not: A character being introspective for paragraphs or pages at a time Summarizing action or things that have recently happened Flashbacks Describing a setting A Scene Needs: A goal and/or purpose A forward motion Sensory details that orientate the reader to setting and time of day Necessary information revealed   A Goal… Continue reading Simplifying Scenes Pt. 2 (The Bare Bones)

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Simplifying Scenes Pt. 1 (Goal, Subtext.)

This is a concept Daniel David Wallace touched on in his free writing course (let me hook you up: Click here!) and I’d like to expand upon the idea. According to Wallace, a scene should consist of one goal and one subtextual element. This is the formula he uses to streamline the process of writing… Continue reading Simplifying Scenes Pt. 1 (Goal, Subtext.)

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

How to (Productively!) Waste Time in Your Novel

Are you struggling to add to your novel’s word count? Do you feel like some of your scenes or your overarching plot lack the emotional depth your story deserves?  Why I Struggled to Add Wordcount When I first began writing in my mid-teens, I wrote extremely stripped-down, fast-paced novelettes and short stories. I didn’t mean… Continue reading How to (Productively!) Waste Time in Your Novel

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How to Write Striking Imagery

How are Imagery and Description Different? Description is how you convey your story, explain what's going on, and tell the reader what will happen. It's 90% of your writing. Imagery is that flash of sunlight on moving water; it's there, it's bright, then it's gone. It's like sprinkles mixed in with cake batter—wonderful bursts of… Continue reading How to Write Striking Imagery