I spent some time in my favorite coffee shop today just brainstorming and refining my story arc. As I went through my checklists, I realized that for some things I have to take it up a notch. For others, I have more done than I thought. That was a nice feeling. The hardest thing I've … Continue reading Story Arcs, Coffee and Villains
The title is an ancient Chinese saying. Lately, events from my life seem to fit this idea. In Falling From Grace, if you look back, I did actually fall. Fortunately, the bruises are healing well! If you find yourself "stuck" and have fallen in your project somewhere, don't give up! Get up, brush yourself off … Continue reading Fall Down Seven Times…Get Up Eight
In order to progress from having an idea to dragging it kicking and screaming into reality, action is required. And so, thus, you often find yourself on some wicked learning curves. Now I'm spending as much time reading about the publishing industry as I am about writing. I earned a writing degree, and have some … Continue reading Learning Curves
Freshly sharpened pencils, brand new notebooks with bright white sheets, and soon, students spilling back into the classroom. Sometimes it seems as if September should be the beginning of the year rather than January. However, it dawned on me that there are seasons. Not just the standard four of fall, winter, spring and summer. No, … Continue reading Seasons
Okay, I gave up on the opening hook for now. Sometimes you've just got to walk away. Get perspective. So...now I've pushed on to other scenes and found that the attention I've given them is far more rewarding and I think will shore up things that my beta readers asked questions on. More exposition through … Continue reading Walk Away….
There was little writing action today, despite having more free time than usual. Part of the issue might have been because it was to edit the opening scene and I was feeling some self-induced pressure. I've been hearing a lot about developing a "hook" to reel in the reader. I trust my creative vision, but … Continue reading And…Action!
Falling is not anyone's favorite activity. It hurts. I did it today, and banged myself up good. But over the last year, metaphorically, I've been falling. Long-held dreams fell through. Ideas of success have also fallen on their collective face. So, now I've done the actual act, too. Ouch. So, what does falling have to … Continue reading Falling From Grace
I love getting together with other writers and reading their stuff. I love stories from the trenches. It's good to know you're not the only one dealing with issues of writer's block, procrastination and perfection. Or that nagging worry that your seemingly wonderful idea is just going to prove you're nothing more than the talentless … Continue reading Flying Solo (and In Tandem)
I wrote in the comments of my last post (go on, I'll wait here until you read it), that a character has been with me since my freshman year of high school. He simply appeared in my mind's eye one day, fully formed. He was young (but older than me at that time!), and armed … Continue reading What Planet Are You From?
Editing seems easy. After all, you take the pages, sit down, and wade through. You have the illusion of being omniscient. The pen flies across the page and the manuscript becomes more brilliant. Sometimes it can be like hitting a wall. Maybe you realize a mass of changes is needed and suddenly you're plunged back … Continue reading Editing vs. Writing