Editing, For Writers, Writing Process

Revisions Part 1: Getting Organized

I'm finally in revisions! Cue fanfare and vacations and winning the jackpot! Okay, maybe not, but it sure feels that awesome. Until....I turn back around from my daydream and see this hulking beast of a manuscript staring back at me (one reason I took a break before jumping in to revisions). Does anyone else feel… Continue reading Revisions Part 1: Getting Organized

For Writers, How Life Informs Craft

How Life Informs Craft : Celebrating the “Other”

So, I was dwelling the other day on an event that I happened to be fortunate enough to witness. As I continued thinking about it, I realized that so much of the day-to-day experiences we have can actually inform the way that we approach our writing. That's why I've decided to start a new series… Continue reading How Life Informs Craft : Celebrating the “Other”

For Writers, freebies, story “bible”

Character Profile Freebie!

This month on Instagram, I'm focusing on character. It is interesting when I am looking at revising my draft to think that I need to rework my characters. Shouldn't they already be "done" and good to go? Not really. I wrote characters in draft one who did and said what they needed or wanted, but… Continue reading Character Profile Freebie!

For Writers, Inspiration, Other, Writing Process

Creating Tension

A few days ago, I posted a question on Instagram about how other authors add tension to their stories. Most of the responses that I got went something like this: -Identify what you character wants -Then, use what your character needs as an obstacle to keep him/her from that want Sounds simple enough, right? In… Continue reading Creating Tension

Feedback, For Writers, Inspiration, nanowrimo, Writing Process

Time to marinate

I was looking at the new NaNoWriMo website that they are trying to launch and I ran across my old NaNo projects. The first year that I participated was way back in 2011! That's almost 8 years ago! And you know what else I saw? The novel that I had tried to write (and failed… Continue reading Time to marinate