Speed Writing/One Draft and Done: Why It’s Not for Beginners (Or, Anyone Really)

I attended a conference a year ago where I learned a lot about the indie publishing industry. I loved it because women (and not just cis, heterosexual, white women) were on panels for science fiction and fantasy writing. The speakers were accessible and I did a lot of networking there. I even had a chanceContinue reading “Speed Writing/One Draft and Done: Why It’s Not for Beginners (Or, Anyone Really)”

The Last Day of NaNoWriMo

Yes, I know I quit. Yes. I know tomorrow is the last day of NaNoWriMo. However, the day I quit the contest, I started writing Eastside Faerie again. I have my writing rhythm down and don’t need a contest to push me to create. But, I’m grateful the contest exists. NaNoWriMo inspires a lot ofContinue reading “The Last Day of NaNoWriMo”

Writing Stories with Multiple Points of View: 4 Quick Tips

If you read this blog, I wrote an article about POV a few weeks back. If you don’t know what POV is start here: https://tammydeschamps.com/2020/10/29/point-of-view-pov-an-important-choice-in-story-craft/ For those who do, let’s move on to the 4 tips: Don’t “head hop” flitting like a butterfly from one character’s perspective to the next. Head hopping, or an omniscientContinue reading “Writing Stories with Multiple Points of View: 4 Quick Tips”

NaNoWriMo Day 22: Woefully Behind/Brightly Optimistic

Every year I do NaNoWriMo, I am either on point or ahead, some years I get a little behind, but I almost always win the contest. But, what is winning? Getting 50k words in a document? Honestly, I could write nonsensical drivel and get fifty thousand words in a few days. I would get zeroContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 22: Woefully Behind/Brightly Optimistic”

NaNoWriMo Day 19: Getting Over the Hump

I wrote about 2, 289 words yesterday for the Warrior Tithe project, bringing my NaNoWriMo word count to 28086 words. This means that I’m behind on NaNo and not writing Eastside Faerie. However, because I took a step back and took a break from the project, I realized I wrote myself into a corner withContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 19: Getting Over the Hump”

NaNoWriMo Day 16: How it Went

I woke up in the rental while it was still pitch black outside. The Pacific Northwest gray and rainy that blossomed at dawn and a good cup of coffee made for the perfect writing ambience. I wrote about a thousand words and got some marketing work done. After we drove home, I spent the afternoonContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 16: How it Went”

NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update

Most of yesterday was spent traveling and getting set-up in our rental, so I didn’t get much writing done on the 14th. Today I woke up to this lovely view and wrote 2503 words. Over 200 of those words were the beginning of a prequel to my novella Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling. IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Days 14 and 15: Update”

NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?

In the Before Times, rubber ducks were the mascot for Seattle area NaNoWriMo participants. (In case you haven’t heard it rains here a lot, but we like it.) We’d place one in our writing space during NaNoWriMo to identify each other. It was a cool way for participants to meet and commiserate. I carried oneContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?”

NaNoWriMo Day 12: How it Went

I didn’t meet my word count for Day 12, but the day wasn’t a complete wash. After my morning workout, I revised and edited an article. I also worked on some marketing campaigns for my novella. Those writing-related endeavors took up a good chunk of my time devoted to writing. I jotted down some notesContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 12: How it Went”

NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block

Have you ever had a really good dream, but your bodily functions wake you? After you take care of necessities and climb back into bed and you can’t quite get comfortable again and you try really hard to get back into that dream and sink into bliss. It keeps you awake because you just can’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block”