I am a pantser when it comes to writing. I have my general plotline, my world, and my character and then it is all flying by the seat of my pants. It is how I roll. And it works for me. For one novel I wrote, I tried an outline, but I am not that organized that… Continue reading My writing habits
I loathe insomnia. I've had chronic insomnia since I was a teen. Back then it never was a real problem because, well, you don't have any real obligations and responsibilities you have to adhere to. It was the same at university, I'd just schedule classes for a little later. But as an adult, I have to… Continue reading Insomniac ideas
This was my Nano cover when I was finishing up this novel. And that is the placer title I used: Rift World. It has something to do with the world, but not the plot in general. I could still use it and it would work. A lot of my placer titles do generally work. I… Continue reading What will the title be?
One of the books I am just starting right now is in the exploration stage. I want to base it in Vancouver. It is an urban fantasy and usually I create fictional cities, but as a Canadian I feel I should use a fine Canadian city. I was looking for populous. And I love Vancouver.… Continue reading Setting
Where do characters come from? I'll admit I often start a story with a character. So the character is important to me. I choose that character to create a story for him or her. So where do I get them from? People say don't piss me off. I'll write you into my book. In a… Continue reading Where do characters come from?
I have myself a new writing assignment. A written interview with a company I would really like to work for. They gave me a great topic to write and I am excited about it already. With some ideas whiling about. In fact, I have the intro down already with a spice of humor in it.… Continue reading Written Interview nerves
You know you are a writer when even your dreams are consumed by characters... not you. By plot-lines and magic and fictional lands and mystery. I love dreaming for that. However, even awake I am consumed by these plots and ideas. I will start daydreaming at the oddest of times. Have these mini conversations in… Continue reading Half in the parallel universe
An interesting prompt to be sure. I have two novels I am working on and generally I have working titles as well. One I know the title I will use and the other I am not sure about yet. The first: The I of Me 'I' and the 'me' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia… Continue reading Writing Prompt: Google your title
I have been working on a new novel for a bit now. It has flowed well. Then stuttered to a stop mid-scene. Something was off about this scene. It would just not play out right. What do you do when you falter? When you know beyond a doubt that something is just off about a… Continue reading Let it simmer
I generally speaking keep a notebook on each novel I write for ideas. In there I include character profiles. I have descriptors I use. Traits I want to keep in mind for future reference. I keep it fairly simple and this is the method I have always used. It is interesting to map out your… Continue reading Character mapping and profiles
It seems that no matter how many times we edit our own work we can be blind to typos. Yet when we read a book or edit the work of someone else the typos pop right out. According to the article What's up with that: Why it's so hard to catch your own typos there… Continue reading Typo Blind
Check out: Ten Tips for a Terrific Antagonist I love a good antagonist. One point that really stuck out for me was: 4. Make sure your antagonist—at least in his own mind—has justification for everything he does. He has to believe he’s in the right, otherwise your reader won’t feel he’s real and will… Continue reading Looking at the Antagonist
So I have this new Samsung tablet I have been getting used to. So far, yes, I have a lot of games. Yes, indeed I do. However, I want to get a little more tech savvy with it. I have my dropbox on it. I even downloaded Evernote. I feel all connected now. But having… Continue reading Trying to get my tech savvy on
I can tell you that I tend to write at night tucked into this little corner of my office. I have some serious clutter going on there and I am completely good with that. I like to be surrounded by a certain amount of clutter. I used to also write on my laptop in the… Continue reading Where do you write?
And while I am editing I have this insane desire to work on another novel instead. This new novel I have begun. With that fire of creation that burns with a new novel. But no, I tell myself you must finish the slow methodical editing of this current novel to get it up and ready… Continue reading Editing my novel
There is nothing like getting to the end of your first draft. Just typing out the very last words in the ending then *sigh* done. This sense of accomplishment and completion. Lasts a good few minutes. Then off to do all the work that comes after... ah, yes, all that bit. It was good while… Continue reading Getting to the end of your story…
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