Be careful about being descriptive about one thing but general about another thing in the same sentence. Specifics ground the reader in your scene. Recently I wrote a paragraph and I gave it to Mr. J to read. He read it and said, “So you’re going to give me what kind of gun he has […]Read more "Writing Advice #8"
This week I watched a talk by Laurel K. Hamilton at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference about things that make her want to stop writing and how to overcome those things. Watch the video here. The things that I took away from her talk were: 1. Find what only you can write: Don’t force yourself […]Read more "Writing Advice #7"
When you’re stuck on the beginning of your story, or stuck somewhere in the middle and you have no idea what to do or where to go, write the end. Start from the back and work your way forward. If you have even a vague, rough idea of how you want your book to end […]Read more "Writing Advice #6"
Right now I’m scared that all the words are crap and even though I’m meeting my word count goals (mostly) I’m scared they’re not going to count for anything and I won’t have anything I can use for a novel after this. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO WRITE CRAP. TELL YOURSELF IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S […]Read more "Writing Advice #5"
I have a habit of opening up my draft and re-reading and editing what I’ve already written before I start writing new content. It’s not a BAD habit, sometimes I need to remind myself where I left off or remind myself of the tone I was going for but then something happens where I get […]Read more "Writing Advice #4"
I never had imaginary friends growing up. I had stuffed animals who I imagined were alive but they were grounded in reality and fluffiness. I never made anyone up on my own, the voice in my head was my own and very alone. Until I decided to do nanowrimo in 2016 and I said I […]Read more "Writing Advice #3"
Writing can be scary. Or more specifically, writing, or expressing yourself creatively comes with a lot of extra negative thoughts. (Writing itself can be scary too, do you dare express yourself? Do you want to let everything out that’s been trapped behind the locked door?) One of the most important life lessons I’ve learned is […]Read more "Writing Advice #2"