Writing a Fight Scene? Get it Right.

Write The Fight Right by Alan Baxter Who doesn’t love a little hand to hand combat? Problem is, if you’re not a brawler yourself, you could spend hours watching and re-watching television and movie fight scenes but still have difficulty describing it when it comes time to write your own. That’s where this little gem […]

What’s The Secret Ingredient To Finishing Your Book?

    Answer: There is no secret ingredient.  There’s just you. When I started NaNoWriMo, I wanted to make sure I armed myself with all the things I would need to finish successfully. So I set expectations with my family and myself about writing time. I constructed a minimalist plotline that I thought was simple […]

Are You Having Fun? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself.

Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” I love that.  It’s a reminder to me that if I am dragging my heels about something that I need to reframe it.  How can I make it a better experience? Most of us are good at working hard. […]

Unfolding Your Own Myth

I haven’t written enough fiction (yet!) to find my fiction voice, but I do think that blog writing lends itself well to having a writing voice in general. For fiction, I find myself turning back to my favorite authors, reading their great works again with my editor’s hat on.  My friend called it, “looking under […]

Scene Mapping With Scrivener

So in my last post, I talked about how Rachel Aaron recommends making a scene map. Since I own Scrivener, I imported my MS Word file from NaNoWriMo (100+ pages!) into Scrivener and now I have a great visual way to see my story with the Corkboard view. Here’s the corkboard view: And for those […]

You Finished Writing Your 1st Draft, Now What?

Ok Wrimos, you’ve made it to the magical milestone of finishing your first draft. It was awesome, you celebrated, you took a snapshot of your winner certificate.  But now what? If you’re like me, you’re probably slightly nauseated at the editing and re-writes that await you. So in the spirit of eating an elephant one […]

3 Things I used to Refill the Creative Well after NaNoWriMo

I had heard other authors discuss this but had nothing to base it on until after doing NaNoWriMo myself, and that is the experience of writing until you are empty. 50k words was the most I had ever written before on any subject, EVER.  It was over 100 pages single spaced–and, it wasn’t even finished. […]