External conflict on its own rarely stands up as being big enough, emotional enough or important enough. Yes, external factors are important in keeping a story moving, but internal factors are the driving force behind character arc and development, and our pathways to making two-dimensional, imaginary characters human. Real. Continue reading Conflict, Inside and Out
National Novel Writing Month isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Here are a few things I both learned and re-learned during this year’s challenge. Continue reading The Takeaway From NaNo 2017
As wonderful as my character’s tragic backstory or hushed conversation might be, none of that matters an iota if I don’t get the beginning right. Continue reading Don’t Start at the Beginning
The truth of the matter is that writing has become – or perhaps always been – an industry where working too hard, too much and too often is only the first step to success. Continue reading Writers Write (Forever and Ever and Ever)
Listening to the world around you – yes, perhaps more than is polite – is a surefire way to realistically represent the world around you, no matter the setting, time period or characters. Continue reading What I Meant to Say Was…
If you follow write what you know literally, you are going to severely limit yourself as a writer.
First of all, congrats! Your interest in doing National Novel Writing Month shows an excitement for writing and storytelling and a willingness to rise to the challenge of writing a whole book in a month!
I haven’t attempted NaNo in three years, but I’ll be doing it with you this year! My NaNo project is the third book in a current series, and I look forward to trying the challenge again, especially after all that I’ve learned as a writer and NaNo-er! Continue reading SO YOU WANT TO DO NANO?