Are you a plotter or a pantser when you write? If you're unfamiliar with those terms, allow me to explain. A "plotter" is a writer who plans and outlines their story ahead of time. Conversely, a pantser writes "by the seat of their pants", with no strict plan to begin with. They simply go where … Continue reading Tools for Organizing Your Story
A while back, the CreateSpace blog posted an article describing an intriguing thought exercise. Here's their summary of the exercise: "Here's the assignment. Imagine, if you will, that you are a teacher, and you've been asked to develop a syllabus for a class on how to be a successful novelist. You won't just be teaching … Continue reading Thought Exercise: Novel Writing Syllabus – Take 2
Just kidding, "love" isn't the right word. "Tolerate" would be more accurate. "Begrudgingly accepted it as a part of my life" is better. I've finished formatting my novel, Grigory's Gadget. I can see why people sometimes hire a professional to do this - it's definitely a P.I.T.A. But I'm pretty proficient in MS Word and … Continue reading Formatting My Novel or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love MS Word
*beep* I debated not posting on my blog this week. I didn't want to break my blog schedule, though, so here I am. I'm SO busy this week working on Grigory's Gadget. I have my time booked with my cover artist at Deranged Doctor Design for mid/late January, which means I need to have a … Continue reading E. A. Hennessy is Not Available at the Moment, Please Leave a Message After the Beep
Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be an exciting year for me - my debut novel, Grigory's Gadget, is going to be published this year! In March, to be exact. Here's a breakdown of what's ahead: By mid-January, I'll have my manuscript edited and proofread, then formatted for paperback and eBook Starting in mid-January, … Continue reading Happy New Year!
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