I have been feeling a bit lost since the beginning of the year. I took some time off of my usual writing schedule over the holidays, and after the New Year, I had my release of The Demon's in the Details to deal with, and that added to the time away from actual writing. Now that … Continue reading What’s Up These Days?
If you are a writer, you probably have at least heard about National Novel Writing Month. For the non-writers and others who may not know, NaNoWriMo (as it is known) occurs during the month of November. The idea is to start on November 1 and by the end of the month, write a 50,000 word … Continue reading Wednesday On Writing: NaNoWriMo and You
Oh, yes, the annual frenzy of National Novel Writing Month has begun. Yes, I am participating this year, but not for writing a novel. I am using this month to keep me focused on developing an idea I had for a YA fantasy. There will be writing done. There has already been some. But I … Continue reading Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Upon Us
It's at the center of every story. It is the thing that drives the action forward. It's what causes the characters to act and react. What is it? Conflict.Conflict arises when a character wants something and there are obstacles in the way of his getting that thing. It can be big (the hero must stop … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Conflicted
Oh, yes, there is a definite chill in the air these last few days, especially in the morning. We've dipped into the mid-30s overnight already, and the mornings are, if not really cold, at least requiring a light jacket for walking the dog. We've had some gray and rainy stuff but also those deep blue … Continue reading Monday Musings: The Times, They Are A-Changing
I have been busy for the last year writing the third installment of my urban fantasy series. The first draft is now done, and I am letting it sit for a while before I dive into the revision process. I do this with most of my writing, and many other writers do, as well. Why? … Continue reading Wednesday On Writing: Should You Start Revising a Story as Soon as You Finish a Draft?
It's been busy around here for the past few weeks. Mostly traveling with a bit of other stuff tossed in there just to keep me busy. The traveling is done until the back half of October, but we have some stuff going on this weekend (including our grandson's eighth birthday party. He's 8? Wow!). After … Continue reading Tuesday Thoughts: Settling Down For a Bit
I lost a friend last week. Melisa Michaels, author of the Skyrider space opera series as well as other speculative fiction books, died on Friday afternoon. She was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was preparing to undergo treatment. Everyone thought she would have at least a little more time, but that wasn't to … Continue reading Monday Musings: Loss
Ah, writers. We are a tortured lot, are we not? We love to twist our brains and emotions into knots of self-doubt and fear. Nowhere is this more obvious as when we are comparing ourselves to other writers. Most of what follows is aimed at independently published writers. Traditional has its bugs, too, but I … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: And What About Those Other Guys?
I have been using these Wednesday posts to talk about some aspects of writing. Sometimes craft, sometimes publishing, sometimes other things. Always just my opinion and/or experience. I thought I would do something a little bit different today and give you a quick update on what has been on my writing schedule lately. Main Work in Progress: … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: So, What Am I Doing Lately?