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
Apologies for being silent on my blog lately! I meant to post this on Friday *oops*. I'll be resuming my schedule of posting every Friday again starting this week! Recently I've been fighting a new breed of writer's block that I hadn't really experienced before. Usually, when writer's block hits, it's more passive. It's a … Continue reading Battling Aggressive Writer’s Block
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. -United States Copyright Office Copyright is very important for authors. It's what protects us from having our work stolen. In the … Continue reading The Importance of Copyrighting Your Work
We've all been there. You start a passion project - you're so excited! - and you make progress and make progress and - hit a wall. Your passion disappears and your project becomes a chore. You lose your vision and your motivation. I have to keep going, you tell yourself. If I stop working on … Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Break From Your Project
Well, November has come and gone, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has come to an end. I did not reach the goal of 50,000 words, but I still made a good effort and ended with 40,176 words. I got hit with pretty severe writers block right as Thanksgiving arrived. Between traveling, spending time with … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016 Summary
Well, another Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. I did a slightly better job this time, but still failed to meet my word count. Rather than feel discouraged, this forced me to step back and analyze what I, and my story, really need right now. The answer: stop pantsing and start plotting. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading Plotting vs. Pantsing
I recently heard about a new event coming up this fall: Indie Author Day. From their website: During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, … Continue reading Indie Author Day!