Look at the art! Sharna and Jackie! ...now if I can figure out a title, it'll seem like I'm really making something here each Saturday! Thank you again to Schnekk for her hard work. Congratulations to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo 2017. No matter how many words you wrote, you won. Great job on reaching … Continue reading Street Preacher
This is 31 out of 52 installments of a first draft in public. I can't believe I've made it this far with only minor hitches! I did have to outline a bit of this next part, which I'm starting to enjoy more as a tool in my writing kit. I will not lie. One of … Continue reading Up!
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
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?
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
I've decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have a 10k novelette already written, but it's mostly in passive voice with large swaths of exposition and in desperate need of arcs. I even made an outline to make it better! Who am I? What have you done with the real Julie? The goal is to … Continue reading Think Beyond
Middles are hard for me to write because I've placed all (or most) of the questions in front of the reader, and now I have to start answering them! Right? Raise your hand if writing middles makes you wobbly and break out in a rash. It makes me think of Candy Land. You know, the … Continue reading The Crescent Moon
Greetings from Spokane, Washington - the site of the first FanNexus convention. Even though I'm in a different city, gleaning tidbits from authors and artists, playing Katamari Damacy, and generally goofing off, I didn't forget Storytime! I'm also reading Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig, and want to highly recommend it to you. I'm loving … Continue reading A Busy Place
I've been thinking...Jackie's motivations have become murky. I think her arc started out strong, but got weaker as I focused on plot. I'm reading a great bundle of writing advice by the incomparable Chuck Wendig right now, and I know he'd agree. What writing craft books are you reading? Care to share the titles in … Continue reading To The Death