Outlining

For the last few days, I've been plotting my next several projects. Some PMed or left me email, asking about my drafting process, which facilitated this post. I’m working on my second outline out of five, so I expect to be busy for a while. There is no right way to draft when referring to planning ...

Character and Chapter Conceptualization Tutorial

How many people know someone who wrote a novel, but gave up before they became published? Have they just left their manuscript unfinished? Did they send it to an editor and not agree with the changes that needed to be done? Were they upset when they were told it needs too much work and to redraft ...

From Fanfiction to Original Fiction Writing

Today I'd like go over when it is important to transition away from fanfiction and into the realm of original fiction. There is someone I know who loves fanfiction--we will call her T. T calls today and tells me she has this epic fanfiction going on, that she has thousands of comments and that it's 1,000+ ...

Character Development/Sketching

Character Development/Sketching The whole premises of today's blog post is about a pet peeve that any real writer or reader has when reading a story. You're read the back of the book, looked at the cover and decide it's worth taking a read. Of course, you're going to go into your introduction, which is the opening that ...

Ways to MAKE The Word Count Each and Every Day

Talking to recent authors, everyone knows about NaNo that is coming up in November. But if you're like me, you often have so much going on in your life that you wonder how you'll make time to just write that word count for the month, or even coming up with a new idea when you've ...

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