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
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
Next Saturday, October 8th, is the inaugural Indie Author Day! During the Inaugural Indie Author Day, 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, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital … Continue reading Indie Author Day Update!
Music has a place in pretty much every aspect of my life. I listen to music in the car, I often listen to music at work, I'm a dancer...even if I'm not actively listening to music, I'm probably singing along to something-or-other in my head. I also frequently experience musical frisson - that rush of … Continue reading Music That Influenced My Novel: Grigory’s Gadget
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
Writer's Block is something most writers deal with, in one form or another, and it's something that's been plaguing me these past couple months. It can take on many forms, from a lack of motivation or time to paralyzing indecision with regard to where you want your story to go. The first step to defeating … Continue reading How to Tackle Writer’s Block
Genres like Fantasy and Science Fiction are notorious for having unusual names. Character and place names help set the tone and the setting of a story. The Lord of the Rings would read a little differently if it told a tale about Bob and Rick rather than Frodo and Samwise. So we speculative fiction authors … Continue reading Struggling With Fantasy Names