As my deadline gets closer, I find myself asking 2 questions: 1. Am I really going to be able to finish by the end of June? and 2. What happens after I finish the first draft? Then, what? I guess, technically, that’s 2.5 questions…, and, FYI, I’ve decided that the answer to question #1 is … More What Happens After I Finish the First Draft?
From the beginning, one of the main threats in Born Not Made has been government “spooks.” In the book, most people don’t believe in magic, and people with magic live in secret from the government. If found, the government kidnaps them and studies them. At least, that was the original premise. Now, I’m second-guessing myself … More Second-guessing Myself About the Spooks
My writing is heavily tilted towards the sense of sight (with the possible exception of certain scenes that make more use of touch). I’m bad about using other senses unless I specifically think about it. A writing teacher pointed that out to me years ago, and while I’ve tried to integrated other senses more, overall, … More Using Other Senses, Especially Hearing and Smell
You ever have scenes you don’t want to write? Or, at the very least, you don’t want to write today? I’ve reached one of those. It’s an argument (and you know how I struggle with writing arguments). So I skipped it. 😅 I worked on another scene instead of going chronologically. Blame it on Monday, … More Scenes You Don’t Want to Write
Looking back at the blahs that hit me a few weeks ago, I realized that even though it was hard for me to do much writing those days, I still made sure I had posts here on my regular days if not my regular times. Which is good, in a way, but part of me … More Book v. Blog Priorities
You might assume Sarah Millican is a singer. Nope. She’s a stand-up comedian who is down-to-earth, dirty, and frickin’ hilarious. And, no, I’m not writing her a letter. I’m writing a book while listening to her shows. A SFW Sarah Millican Sample Here’s a sample. This one’s clean so that I don’t violate WordPress’ standards. … More Writing to Sarah Millican
52,036 words and counting: BNM (working title) is starting to take off. Sure, some days, the words write themselves, and some days, I have to pry them out with a crowbar. But they’re coming, and it’s amazingly satisfying to see the characters and the story taking shape. I’ve never written anything that merged magic with … More Making Progress on Book 1!
I can’t decide if I should call my city by its real name or by a made-up name. Originally, I was using a city I’ve been to enough to know decently well, but then, someone questioned whether that was a good idea. Now, I’m not sure. This feels a bit silly, but I’m basically going … More Real City or Made-up City?
Arguments are the sort of thing that happens when you’re upset or confused, right? They don’t rely on logic because of that. So how do you write arguments when you’re not upset? (Believable ones) Writing Relationship Conflict: A Necessary Evil The hero and heroine have to argue at some point in a romance novel. Period. … More How Do You Write Arguments?
Do you read the quotes at the beginning of chapters? Or little excerpts? You know, the 1-2 lines or even a small paragraph up by the title of the chapter. The one that may or may not have anything to do with the story itself. Do you read those? Why I’m Asking I’m using little … More Quotes at the Beginning of Chapters (Help!)