This is the year I start owning my writing process. Quit calling it horrible, or slow. Embrace it. This is the year I recognize that doing it my way has helped me produce nine manuscripts, six published novels, a 400-page published work of nonfiction, dozens of short stories, over 250K words of blog posts, and
If you’re prepping for National Novel Writing Month, or just want some ideas for how to write faster with Scrivener, check out my post at WriterUnboxed.com today! I’m talking about the best features for getting the words down and answering questions. I hope you’ll stop by.
🎉 🎉 🎉 The first draft of book 6 in my series is done! There are few things that feel better than finishing a book. Especially since this one took longer than usual, for no discernible reason—other than maybe a few world events messing with my concentration…?—and it feels great to have the hard part
I’m all for the idea that failure is merely figuring out what doesn’t work, finding out where you need to focus your energy, and that it’s an important part of the learning process that we often stigmatize to our detriment. However, I really wish my method for producing a novel didn’t resemble Edison’s light
Today, I wrote almost 1700 words in less than an hour. More precisely, I dictated them. While working out on the elliptical at home, no less. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love efficiency?) Are they perfect words? Hardly. Do I have a scene that I didn’t have yesterday? Yes! I’m still amazed at how
The ability to write anything is scary. I liken it to being given a blank canvas and told to “Paint something.” It’s paralyzing. But if the same person gave you the canvas and said, “Paint a tree,” you’d probably think for a minute about what a tree looks like to you, and then dive in.
I love writing. L-O-V-E it. The need to build a world, delve into a character’s feelings, create a mood, or explain a concept in a down-to-earth way (often with a bit of humor, and lots of em dashes and parentheses) has lived in me since at least seventh grade. But that doesn’t mean I always