What Are Your Tools for Successful Writing?

My boss and mentor often says, “Pay for good tools.  Just cry once.” He was a mechanic for years, putting himself through grad school by fixing Volkswagon bugs. So his philosophy started early and then carried through for many decades throughout his professional life.   He never hesitated to invest in buying computer hardware equipment, […]

Using Websites To Grow Your Business with Linda Jones

Today, some technical tips for you and your writing business courtesy of Linda Jones, Founder + CEO of Taykoff. ————————————- As a writer, we know websites are vital to our business.  They are an avenue for building a following and showcasing our work.  But, how can we create one?  As a writer, web design isn’t our strong […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Every Writer Needs to Finish NaNoWriMo

Peace Out

I finished 50k words tonight.  There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t think I was going to make it.  I had been traveling (3 trips in November!), I had family obligations, I had a day job that I needed in order to pay the bills. But overall, I made a big push for […]

Start From the End

NaNoWriMo was set to start on Nov. 1 whether I had a plan or not.  So I went over to my co-blogger’s house and sat at her cozy kitchen nook and jotted down some character notes. A few minutes later, I had a vague plan.  Meet Anna, an aspiring Valkyrie. Then, before I even had […]

Walking and Dictating Your Novel on Your iPhone

This morning I woke up earlier as part of my NaNoWriMo kickoff.  But not too much earlier.  Just 30 minutes.  Then I had a cup of tea to fortify myself, laced up my Kangaroo sneakers and off I went to start my great American novel. I mean, I was armed with my iPhone 6 and […]

Using Dictation on the iMac to Write Your Book

As the old adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in 30 days. How does one crank out roughly ~1700 words a night? I had listened to a couple of podcast interviews where the guests had discussed writing fiction through the use of dictation, and […]