Is It Cheating?

Yesterday, I typed 'the end' on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project. Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets* I'm about 7800 words short of the 50K goal. The story's done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man? I … Continue reading Is It Cheating?

Practice

Mmm, you can really tell this is a first draft with this installment. It's glaring and makes me grit my teeth, but where's the learning if you can't see the messes, right? I never promised it would be a great first draft! (Is there such a beast?) Sharna's transition should be visible, not an off-hand … Continue reading Practice

Hook and Fish

52 Saturdays of a first draft in public continues... Hook and Fish The gambling floor of The Crescent Moon at mid-day was quiet. Tattooed and pierced men swept and polished to reset the broad gambling room to its pristine condition before the coming night’s indulgences. Sharna was full of breakfast and rested, but she didn’t … Continue reading Hook and Fish

Mistakes of the Past – Guest Post

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it, and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes YA under … Continue reading Mistakes of the Past – Guest Post

Melody the Mage

Happy Saturday! I slept in today, like a pampered princess. A long week filled with NaNo prep, a SCBWI meeting, and a conference with a mentor will wear a writer right out. I learned a lot this week about myself and the industry. I'm still chewing it into pieces I can swallow, but once I've … Continue reading Melody the Mage

Pantser Thoughts on Plotting

Blog posts on plotting vs. pantsing are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice this time of year. (No joy-shaming here, but dog treats?) You'll forgive me if I indulge my take on this tradition, but if you stick with it, I promise a cool picture at the end as a salve to your soul and a … Continue reading Pantser Thoughts on Plotting