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?
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
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
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
Some of you participating in NaNoWriMo might have enough chapters to play this game. If not, hold it in your pocket as a future way to play with your project. WARNING: Don't use it as an excuse to go back and start editing! Intisar Khanani, whose indie debut Thorn was recently picked up by HarperTeen … Continue reading A Game of Firsts
Greetings from the third day of NaNoWriMo! I'm chugging along nicely, avoiding the middle mush (I wrote ahead in case of emergencies) with an outline, and using eye drops as often as you are probably eating your kids' Halloween candy. Uh-huh, I said it. Jackie and Sharna have found an artist to capture their style! … Continue reading Do You Know?
Does your work show up in your sleep? Last night I dreamed I was baking cookies and making pancakes, but it was a MESS! The cookies were the size of my hands, swelling up and overflowing the baking pans, dripping all over the oven, sticky and out of control. I threw them out. The pancakes … Continue reading Sloppy Dreams
My son wears through sneakers as if he were a marathon hiker. He's not. While his job is all on his feet, it's not through brambles or barbed wire, but you wouldn't know it. My husband's shoes seem to give out with a scuffed and sad ease. A soft death. My daughter has enough shoes … Continue reading Shoe Patterns
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
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