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

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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)

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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.)

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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

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Vignettes: Writing a Photograph Pt. 2

Slice of Life / Vignette, according to Wikipedia.org: A storytelling technique that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life, which often lacks a coherent plot, conflict, or ending. The story may have little plot progress and little character development, and often has no exposition, conflict, or dénouement, with an open ending. No Plot,… Continue reading Vignettes: Writing a Photograph Pt. 2

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Vignettes: Writing a Photograph

Definition from Wikipedia.org: A vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or character and gives a trenchant [sharp, keen, acute] impression about that character, an idea, setting, and/or object. RJ says: It's like a picture you can't stop staring at. An Exercise for Greatness Writing is like improving your penmanship. We… Continue reading Vignettes: Writing a Photograph

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How to Nail Your Story’s Mood and Setting

Writers sometimes struggle with painting emotional depth and breadth into their work. They can picture the pain on someone’s features, feel their characters's agony. Then when they hand their precious words over to someone else, they might find themselves faced with the news: “Sorry, it's great but, I’m just not feeling it.” How do you… Continue reading How to Nail Your Story’s Mood and Setting

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How to Be a Miserable Writer

Hi, all. This is just a silly post to give you a break. Maybe you'll get a feeling of "been there, done that" as you read through this list. I hope it can help to put some things into perspective, even though I'm being funny. We all get burned out, sometimes. We have all felt depressed,… Continue reading How to Be a Miserable Writer

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How to Find the Heart of Every Story You Will EVER Write

The Big Picture My first novel (tentative release date in late 2020,) says a lot about who I am. At its most basic, big-picture idea, it's an Urban Fantasy story about an unlikely friendship between a technophobic beekeeper and a bright young android who take on one problem, and another problem, and another problem to unravel the… Continue reading How to Find the Heart of Every Story You Will EVER Write