I don't want to flood people with daily progress reports. Instead, I decided to update my NaNoWriMo progress only periodically this month. As you can see from the graphic above, I've made good progress so far. After five days of writing, I've exceeded 12,000 words, and I'm averaging around 2,400 words/day. The minimum daily word … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Progress – Day 5
You've signed up for NaNoWriMo. You have your plot outlined and your character and worldbuilding planned. You feel completely ready and prepared for NaNoWriMo and complete the first rough draft of your novel. Many people who participate in NaNoWriMo think they are prepared, but many never complete the challenge. In fact, only an average of … Continue reading Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo
Many of the best stories begin with a 'what-if' premise. What if I were the last person alive? What if cats are really aliens? What if there really is a monster sleeping under my bed? Once you have the premise for your story, then what? My mind very often goes off on many and varied … Continue reading Follow the Tangents: Going Beyond the What-If?
I have written about this before, but I seem to lack the sense of self-doubt--and occasionally borderline loathing--that many of my fellow writers' experience. I've had some accuse me of either lying to myself or just outright lying. Some writers cannot fathom that any writer doesn't experience any level of self-doubt in either their ability … Continue reading Why I Lack Self-Doubt
As I interact with others in the writing community, I keep seeing the sentiment that someone is "not a real writer if..." What follows that seems to be a never-ending list of criteria to being a "real writer." As if the act of actually writing itself is not adequate enough to be a writer. Here … Continue reading You’re Not a Real Writer if…
When I began writing my novel Artifact of the Dawn, I knew that my protagonists would ultimately end up in a romantic relationship together, although that journey for them is merely a subplot. I could have chosen for one of them to be female and have them be a heterosexual couple. However, I know there … Continue reading Including LGBT Characters
It makes sense that anyone writing a non-fiction work would do extensive research on the topic they are writing about. What not everyone may be aware of is the fact that even fiction writers have to do their fair share of research when working on a novel. The entire novel may be completely fictional and based … Continue reading The Importance of Research