Merry Christmas! Today also happens to be my birthday! This post will be short and sweet, with a quick update on Grigory's Gadget: Last week, I received my copy edits from the editors at Writership. My sentiments about this are summed up well by this quote from one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger: Meanwhile, … Continue reading Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to Me!
This is a topic that comes up a lot in writing circles, and there are no right (or wrong) answers: What music do you listen to while you write? There's a range of possibilities here, from classical to hard rock to good-old-fashioned silence. My own answer to this question ranges pretty widely too. Different types … Continue reading Music and the Muse
I've taken a step back to look at my writing process for Grigory's Gadget and made a realization: most of the process was not, in fact, pure unadulterated "writing". Most of the process was editing. I wrote the first draft of Grigory's Gadget in 30 days, in November 2010 as my National Novel Writing Month … Continue reading Why “Writing” a Book Should Be Called “Editing” a Book
I'm currently putting the finishing touches on my map for Grigory's Gadget (which will then be beautified by the wonderful artists at Deranged Doctor Design), so world-building has been on my mind. World-building can be a rough ride. Where do you start when you place a story in a fictional place? How much detail should … Continue reading World-Building: Creating a Universe From Scratch