Category Archives: Creativity Sessions

How to Get into the Rhythm of Writing

Hear that stuttered beat? It’s intriguing, hopeful.

You don’t quite know where the song is going until after the 8-measure intro, and the full beat kicks in (after another mini intro).

That’s what writing is like sometimes. It’s difficult to sit down and just start typing or scribbling away all the time. That’s what NaNo has been like for me so far this month. Continue reading How to Get into the Rhythm of Writing

Friday Write-Day: Holy Crap NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Holy crap it’s almost November! I’ve been looking forward to National Novel Writing Month basically all year, and it somehow still snuck up on me.

So I guess it’s time to announce my project for NaNo 2017. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Holy Crap NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Jason Concepcion on Why We Love Fantasy Stories

For those of you who are a) fans of good storytelling and b) fans of A Song of Ice and Fire  and HBO’s Game of Thrones, season 7 was probably disappointing. Without ranting on about it (today), I’ll just say that it was poorly written.

Jason Concepcion of the “Binge Mode” podcast on TheRinger.com has perfectly summed up my feelings on the season, and the weight that fantasy stories carry as a whole. Continue reading Jason Concepcion on Why We Love Fantasy Stories

3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

As I near the end of my revisions to Manuscript: Beta, I have begun to reflect on the process itself. Jessie called me crazypants when I told her I was rewriting The Warden of Everfeld: Memento to prepare the second draft.

So I thought I would compare this processes to the other paths I might have taken. At its most basic, there are really only three ways to revise a first draft. Continue reading 3 Ways to Revise Your First Draft

Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write

I’ve been a little too focused on just writing the last few weeks. I forgot for a moment that I was supposed to enjoy the process. The strict deadlines I had imposed on my word counts and finish dates were weighing down the writing itself.

It took an off-hand reminder from the lovely Jessie to remember: love what you write, and write what you love. Continue reading Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write

How to Find A (New) Cover Designer (because the first one fell through)

Back in December, I wrote about my haphazard process for finding a cover designer for WoEM, and how it ended up working out. Well, the design process did not play out in the way I hoped… Continue reading How to Find A (New) Cover Designer (because the first one fell through)

3 Reasons You Have to Cut That Scene

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Imagine there’s a 500-word chunk of your story that you crafted, carefully shaping it to flow with the rest of the chapter and fit into your story’s themes. It may have taken you 15 or 20 minutes to write that section, read over it, make adjustments to wording or style, and move on to the next section.

But then something changes. Continue reading 3 Reasons You Have to Cut That Scene