Prepping for NaNoWriMo in 5 steps

It is almost time!!!! NaNo Warriors take your places at the keyboard. NaNoWriMo started in July 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first year there were 21 participants. By 2012, there were over 300,000 participants. The numbers continue to grow as more writer nerds find their people and gather to celebrate the craftContinue reading “Prepping for NaNoWriMo in 5 steps”

7 Tips For Revision

Are you ready to start the revision process but not sure where to begin? Here are some ways to analyze your work in progress (WIP). CHAPTER TITLE HEADINGS Make sure your WIP is easy to navigate by creating chapter title headings. If you are unfamiliar with this process, you can read more about it onContinue reading “7 Tips For Revision”

100 x 100: Will you commit?

After telling a friend that I struggle to find time to write, we had the following conversation. HER: Do you send text messages? ME: Of course. HER: Write tweets? ME: You know I do. HER: How many in a day? ME: I know where you are going with this, but – HER: How many? ME:Continue reading “100 x 100: Will you commit?”

Building a masterpiece: 5 reasons to resist throwing your WIP in the trash

Pushing through the feeling of inadequacy gives you a great opportunity to build a new character for the manuscript (or an idea for a new one). That feeling of fear, of never being able to get it right? Do not give it to it. Instead, name it.

Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice

When I was in school, my teachers wrote on my paper time and time again: “Your telling here. Show instead.” Or, “Show. Don’t tell.” Or, “How can you show this?” Over time I adopted the words, and I wrote on many a paper to many a student, “Show. Don’t tell,” without really explaining why. Here’sContinue reading “Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice”