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?”

Why I Allow Myself to Cheat on My Projects

When you have a creative mind, you’re always bursting with ideas. Some are inspired by your environment, entertainment, art, and some come from dreams. Have trouble writing about your dreams? Dreams are nonsense and have no plot, but your brain is free for the fantastical and is using a dream to work out a problem.Continue reading “Why I Allow Myself to Cheat on My Projects”

Preptober: Preparing for National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is in seventeen days. Whether you’re a plotter, pantser, or plantser, you should be doing some sort of prep during October for the story you’re going to write in November. Why?

You don’t want to spend a month writing a collection of scenes with no plot, no character arc, and no theme.

Don’t ‘Write What You Know’ Write What You Feel

Every writer has heard the advice “write what you know.” I like to say, “Write what you feel” or “write what you’ve observed.” I’ve lived up and down the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. I’ve travelled around the world and I’ve had forty-five years to soak a lot up. Yet, most people who meetContinue reading “Don’t ‘Write What You Know’ Write What You Feel”

Announcement about Eastside Hedge Witch: A (Sub) Urban Fantasy

Last week I signed a deal with Mad Raptor Productions to publish Eastside Hedge Witch. This morning they announced the addition of yours truly as one of the MRP authors all over social media. I’m super excited that my first full-length novel will (eventually) be available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. This may seem outContinue reading “Announcement about Eastside Hedge Witch: A (Sub) Urban Fantasy”