editing, writing

Updated: Writing Commitments

When I first wrote about writing commitments, I brought up the point that writing every day is not something that works a hundred percent of the time. As I start and try to get myself back into posting more consistently, I find that still holds true for the most part. Numerous reasons work against writing… Continue reading Updated: Writing Commitments

General, writing

The Next Writing Step

At this point in the year, a lot of writers are close to (or already are) the finishing line on their rough drafts. NaNoWriMo gives us a good chance to get through the hardest part of any task: the first step. Writing a good story is difficult. Specifically, writing a good novel is tremendously difficult.… Continue reading The Next Writing Step

blogging, writing

Personal Writing Process

I’m a firm believer that the writing process is different for every writer. While some of us dive headlong into the story with minimal planning, others take days, weeks and even months to plot, research and develop the story and characters before we ever put a word on the page. And many, many of us… Continue reading Personal Writing Process

General, writing

On Different Approaches

Last week while speaking with a friend, we ended up on a discussion of worldbuilding and where to start it. In essence, she wanted to write a story, but complained she didn't have the world for it. My response caused a bit of confusion for us both: Just write the story. The fact that I… Continue reading On Different Approaches

Exercises, writing

The Middle Bit

When it comes to a story, there's three main parts to the plot: The beginning, the middle and the end. If you want to get technical, there's an exposition, rising action, climax and  resolution. Regardless of what you call them, there's one part that causes numerous headaches. The middle. Writers everywhere struggle with getting from… Continue reading The Middle Bit