On Friday I touched on how I started outlining The Warden of Everfeld: Legacy to help me lay out the general narrative.
I’m pretty sure this style of outline is sort of an amalgam of various outlining techniques I’ve read about, so I’d like to share it with you all. Continue reading How to Outline through Character Arcs
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
Man, I thought world-building was tough. As much as I love going into the details of a place and its people in my stories, even I must admit that it can be a lot of work.
But I had no idea just how difficult it could be to world-build for a second time. Continue reading The Trouble with World-Building… Twice
Sometimes a story just sticks with you. The words pass from the page through your eyes and are spun into vivid images in your mind. Occasionally, those images linger somewhere within you. Their presence may not always be obvious, but their echoes reverberate in quiet moments, reminders of those fleeting images. Continue reading THE LONG PATROL Still Captures the Imagination
Wow, has it already been two weeks? The last two weeks have felt hectic, likely because they sort of were. PW and I have been house-shopping. We thought we had found the one, but our inspector turned up some unforeseen issues, so we’re bringing in more experts to have a look.
As you can imagine, this has occupied my time and mind-space for the last few weeks. But the writing continues, and moves forward! Continue reading Friday Write-Day: What Comes After the Writing?
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
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
The first week in May went pretty well. Although I did not achieve my goal of 122k, I still reached 121,000 words with 8,000 written this past week.
I also got over what felt like a pretty big hump in my story. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Over A Hump of Some Kind
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
In my quest to achieve 60,000 words total for Manuscript: Beta last night, I nearly forgot to put together a post for today. Well, here it is. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: Brief Last-Minute Update!