I recently came up with a great analogy for my personal writing process. When I write my first draft, it's almost like I'm doing a line drawing. I'm building the foundation for my story. I write all the pertinent plot details, dialogue interactions, perhaps a few details here and there. When I'm done, I have … Continue reading An Analogy for My Writing Process
This article is an update to a previous one I wrote last year, where I debated hiring an editor. As my more recent posts alluded, I did finally decide to work with one. Every write I spoke to advised that I should. Some even stated that it was impossible for a writer to self-edit. I … Continue reading Working with a Professional Editor
I had meant to post more routine updates on my progress throughout NaNoWriMo, but I have been so focused on the novel I have barely come up for air (so to speak) all month. Now that November is coming to a close I am finally poking my head up again. As you can see from … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Progress – Day 28
I don't want to flood people with daily progress reports. Instead, I decided to update my NaNoWriMo progress only periodically this month. As you can see from the graphic above, I've made good progress so far. After five days of writing, I've exceeded 12,000 words, and I'm averaging around 2,400 words/day. The minimum daily word … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Progress – Day 5
Many of the best stories begin with a 'what-if' premise. What if I were the last person alive? What if cats are really aliens? What if there really is a monster sleeping under my bed? Once you have the premise for your story, then what? My mind very often goes off on many and varied … Continue reading Follow the Tangents: Going Beyond the What-If?