I'm in an uncomfortable spot many writers will recognize. I can see the thin spots in my plot and character development for Ferals & Blights, and in trying to strengthen those areas, I've found more weak points. This manuscript now feels like a house of cards. My job is to fix that, and today it … Continue reading Some Rules
The final part in my Patreon series on Raiders of the Lost Ark - Suspension of disbelief is a wonderful thing in movies. A magical tool that does not translate 1:1 in writing. Writing is more like table magic. The reader is breathing on your hands as you type, that's how close they are to … Continue reading Indiana Jones: Part 4, [insert genius here]
2017 was a fun year for me on Patreon. I jumped into an unknown, afraid and yet hopeful. In keeping with that act of adventurous bravery, I've added new tiers and started new projects for 2018. A big thank-you to everyone who gave me inspiration to keep going this year! People seem to like my … Continue reading Book Review & a Writing Exercise
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
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
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
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
A special treat just in time for Halloween! Ksenia Anske, dark fantasy writer and sometime axe-wielder, is here to share her secret potion and spells for creativity. I may have had to donate some blood and use up a bit of salt, but it was worth it to get her answer to what makes creativity … Continue reading Ksenia Anske – Guest Post!
Today while (stalking) researching agents for queries, I read that a certain agency I was (stalking) researching only requests fulls on 1% of their submissions received. One percent. That's some daunting odds. It didn't stop me from querying them, and that's why I keep writing here and on Patreon. The number one piece of advice … Continue reading 1%