On Winning NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo yesterday morning! This means I completed 50,000 words over the course of 30 days. My story is not yet done – I still have a ways to go before it’s completed. But I’ve carved out 50,000 words and that makes all the difference. NaNoWriMo is easy for some, but difficult for others. … Continue reading

The Revision of an Old Story

Well, if I’ve been missing in action for a little while, at least it’s because I’m writing. I finally set a deadline for myself with Gold Valley – the newest rewrite must be finished by June 14th so that I can begin writing a script I’ve been slacking on for several months. It’s a collaboration … Continue reading

Lessons From the Trenches: NaNoWriMo

I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I completed the challenge last year and, though that project is still being edited and tweaked, I’m really proud of what came out of that experience. I learned a lot going into it, and I learned a lot about editing in the aftermath. This year, I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

Twitter Hopeless

I am no good at Twitter. I try to be, I really do. When I’m on, I’m on! When I’m off, I’m just…gone. When she’s not talking about structure (thank you!), Kristen Lamb talks about how to use twitter effectively to build your platform as a writer. And I have to admit, I have read … Continue reading

Been A While

It’s been a while, WordPress and friends. I have been busy with general life things – perhaps that’s not an excuse, but I’m still trying to get better with updating my blog despite having so many other things going on. I know lots of bloggers do it, so what is stopping me? To give a … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad, and the Houses

It has been a long and hard couple of weeks. I guess when I said July was the month that was being mean to me, I should have just thrown August in there too. Some good things are happening though, now that we’re nearing the end, and there is a light at the end of … Continue reading

Writing a Query is Harder Than Writing the Actual Book

And yes. I think this is true. When writing a book, (mostly) the words just come out. You have the immensely enjoyable task of moving the pieces around on the board, of telling them what their next move is, what their next decision will be. Telling the story is an amazing ride and, regardless of … Continue reading

In Which I Am Editing Again

I am so confused by myself lately. I seem to have great discipline one day, and then none the next. I wrote 30,000 words in my old WIP and then just stopped. Uninspired? I don’t know. I have ideas I’d like to write, I know where the story needs to go. But then Gold Valley … Continue reading

I Submitted, I Submitted!

And now we get to wait. It was only a short story, to a local magazine, but said magazine is pretty hip, and I’m nervous. I don’t have much  more than that to report, actually. Other than the fact that I am revamping a television pilot I wrote for a TV script and feature film … Continue reading

Repetition is your enemy – Kill it before it kills your story!

I’ve been harping on this a lot lately, but it seems like there are a lot of writers who forget this more and more. Maybe it’s because the time between editing and publishing is even shorter these days than ever before, and maybe it’s just that we forgive lazy writing more easily. But repetition is … Continue reading