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
Sunday, March 12th, marks one year since Grigory's Gadget was published! Since about a year has passed since publication (wow!), I thought I'd share some of what I've learned in terms of writing, publishing, marketing, and more. In terms of writing, I've discovered that it gets a lot harder after publishing a book! There's an … Continue reading One Year After Publishing Grigory’s Gadget – What I’ve Learned
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
A lot has happened in the past week. Now, I'm not going to go into specific politics here. I'm sure if you spend any time at all on the internet, you've seen more than you can stomach, regardless of your political beliefs. I know I have. I couldn't muster the focus this week to pick … Continue reading General Update 11/11/2016
Well, okay, today isn't Halloween, but since actual Halloween is on a Monday, a lot of people are celebrating today and tomorrow. I'll be attending a Halloween party tonight with the dance troupe I'm in. We're dressing up as elves from The Lord of the Rings! I've got some exciting things happening in the next … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
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