Holiday weeks are always a little wonky. We returned from our long weekend at the lake house on Monday evening, went to work on Tuesday, had Wednesday off, and work again Thursday and today.
Why we get Wednesday off rather than the nearest Monday or Friday is beyond me, but it makes the work week disjointed. Especially when half of the country is on extended vacations.
Anyway, the weirdness threw my writing schedule off a bit, too, but I think I did alright. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Small Progress
Last night, Jessie and I had our first writing session since… she moved to Denver.
You see, we used to meet periodically with our laptops and notebooks at a little cafe in Columbia, MD to take notes, talk shop, and brainstorm about whatever writing projects we were working on at the time.
Now that Jessie lives in Baltimore and I live just outside the city, we agreed to find a new writer’s cafe. Continue reading Exploring Writing and Cafes in Fells Point
That’s right, I said it. My semi-pantser model of writing the early drafts of WoEM has become a bit of an annoyance. I think I have been converted to a planner.
Now that I’m well into of my revisions — in the final third of my story — my somewhat free-wheeling outline style has come back to bite me.
Luckily, I found a somewhat easy way to fix it… and avoid it in the future. Continue reading How Pantsing Makes Revising Harder than It Needs to Be
Last Friday, I touched on the changes that were beginning to manifest in the third draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.
As one of two leading protagonists in the novel, I knew that Jaed’s characterization was paramount to both a well-balanced story, and an enjoyable read. Achieving that has been easier said than done.
Continue reading Creativity Sessions: Finding a Character’s Heart
Man, I have loved creating my third draft so far. It’s like watching the final pieces of a puzzle fit into place. The further along I get, the more amped up I am to share The Warden of Everfeld: Memento with you all!
Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Digging into the Third Draft
Shatter the soulstone,
infinite shards become whole,
characters of me.
I just finished reading the first draft of Jessie’s first novel, and I’m going to
reveal everything about the novel against her wishes say as little as possible to avoid her furious flailing.
Jessie, in advance, I apologize. I knew you would not let me do this without your prior approval, so I had to be sneaky. Continue reading The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!
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
As I work through the final third of Manuscript: Beta for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento, I’d like to start introducing you to my characters. Continue reading Warden of Everfeld Character Spotlight: Aston
I’m back! PW and I landed safe and sound in Baltimore last night and were happily reunited with our lovable pup. Continue reading The Reset After the Long Hiatus