NaNoWriMo Day 5: How It Went

I started my day working out and cleaning. I have a terrible habit of letting everything go during national novel writing month, but I’d decided that this year I was going to do three things different: 1. Exercise regularly.2. Cook healthy meals.3. Not let the house or other things go. I broke rule one byContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 5: How It Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 4: How It Went

Today started with checking the internet for election results. I realized that was only an anxiety-inducing spiral, so I started up a virtual write-in for my writers group. The story took a bit to get started, but then the words flowed from my fingers. A subplot developed, and I wrote two scenes that weren’t evenContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 4: How It Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 3: How It Went

Normally on Tuesdays, I lift weights, but I was having car trouble so had to rent a car while mine received repairs. It’s pouring rain and visibility is low. The rental placed moved and the nice lady in the business where the rental place used to be stared at us blankly and said, ‘E******** hasn’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 3: How It Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 2: How It Went

I woke up at my usual time around 6 am. Instead of going to the gym, I went straight for coffee and my laptop. I started up a virtual write-in for one writer’s group while doing word sprints in another writer’s group thread. I wrote 2, 656 words today for a grand total of 5,Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 2: How It Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 1: How It Went

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I didn’t write at midnight nor did I get up particularly early. I did, however, garner some moral support by posting a virtual write-in on my Facebook writer’s group. Three members got on with me and we wrote together for a few hours, droppingContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 1: How It Went”

NaNoWriMo Eve: Are You Ready?

November is National Novel Writing Month, where you write 50,000 words (The technical word count of a complete novel, albeit a short one.) by December 1st. I’m going about NaNoWriMo differently this year. I’m already 30k words into my rough draft of Eastside Faerie, so I’m going to write 50k and update my progress here.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Eve: Are You Ready?”

Point of View (POV): An Important Choice in Story Craft

Ever read something where you’re not sure who’s telling the story? Unless you’re an English professor or have been to a writing workshop with new writers, probably not. Experienced writers know that choosing a POV is an important part of writing a story. But what is “point of view,” besides who is telling the story?Continue reading “Point of View (POV): An Important Choice in Story Craft”

How Do I Write a Novel?

You’re a reader and you’ve got a creative spark. An idea has been brewing in your head. You’ve decided to write a novel. You sit down at your keyboard, or open a notebook and uncap your pen, and then you stare at the page. Why? You’ve read hundreds of books over the span of yourContinue reading “How Do I Write a Novel?”

Should I Describe My Characters in Detail?

When it comes to character descriptions, every author has a different approach. Some paint in broad strokes. Some describe their characters in great detail. Either way, descriptions should serve a purpose beyond painting a picture of Abs Mcgee and Dangerous Curves. The way a writer describes a character should evoke a feeling you want theContinue reading “Should I Describe My Characters in Detail?”

Does My Story Need a Villain?

Someone posted on social media “Does a story needs a villain?” If you mean someone twirling their mustache and plotting evil deeds, no. However, your story does need an opposing force. Why? Without conflict there is no lesson learned and without a lesson learned, there is no plot. A series of events does not aContinue reading “Does My Story Need a Villain?”