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?
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
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
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