writing

NaNoWriMo ’22 Update

We’re approaching the halfway mark on NaNo which is a good time to check in and see how things are going. If you’re falling behind, try not to stress! Instead, remind yourself that NaNo is a challenge for many different reasons and it doesn’t suit everyone’s process or every story. You’re making progress and that… Continue reading NaNoWriMo ’22 Update

Exercises, writing

Editing Worksheets

Editing is probably one of the hardest parts of the entire writing process. Once you're through the effort of writing a rough draft, you then have to pick it apart to find the parts that aren't working and to make them better. It might be hard to do that, especially when you're still in the… Continue reading Editing Worksheets

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

Exercises

Scene Unsticking Questions

It happens to the best writers. Even in the middle of a draft that’s going well and with a well-detailed outline, sometimes we get stuck on a scene. It might be that we’ve opened a huge plot hole we don’t know how to close. Or, we’ve written our characters into an impossible situation and were… Continue reading Scene Unsticking Questions

writing

Unfinished Projects

Earlier this year I looked at my older projects and eventually ended up rewriting an old story. I’m a lot happier with where that story is now that it’s been a cleaned up a bit, but digging through my projects did present a fact: I have a lot of unfinished projects. There’s a lot of… Continue reading Unfinished Projects