How To Write An Assassination Story In 5 Steps

How To Write An Assassination Story In 5 Steps

A writing group I’m in came up with a plan. We were all going to write an assassin’s tale in our respective worlds as part of an omnibus. I write military sci fi set in the near future. How hard could this be? Ok, so it was hard. My title was total clickbait. Anyone...
What Are Your Tools for Successful Writing?

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...
2 Time Management Tips for Creatives

2 Time Management Tips for Creatives

I’ve been listening to a number of interviews with people who have transitioned to writing full time.  It has been fascinating to listen to people talk about the years beforehand, when they worked a dayjob and had to wedge in their writing time. Many of theme...
Scene Mapping With Scrivener

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...
What Every Writer Needs to Finish NaNoWriMo

What Every Writer Needs to Finish NaNoWriMo

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...
Start From the End

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,...
Walking and Dictating Your Novel on Your iPhone

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...

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