A Hard Lesson to Learn

This has been another fun-filled week of learning to be a writer! This week’s lesson: Accepting failure and not giving into major depression when you realize you have to scrap your first-ever completed manuscript and start over again.  Surprised? Don’t be. It’s my first ever completed draft, after all. If the first full-length novel-thing I ever wrote was a masterpiece, I’d either have to be some kind of writerly savant or lucky beyond imagining. And as my PowerBall ticket ended up in the trashcan, and

Lesson Plan: Character Development

First off, quick update on the revision process. It’s been slow. But steady. But slow. So. Frustratingly. Slow. I’m about a quarter of the way through, I think. It’s a little hard to judge, because I’ve added almost 6,000 words through the process of rewriting and adding new scenes. I’d hoped to finish it by the end of this month, but that’s not going to happen. Now I’m aiming for the end of next month. NaNoWriMo (the BIG one) is coming up in November, and

Outlining Like a Boss

If there is one aspect of writing I feel at all confident about at this stage, it’s outlining. Which might be somewhat unexpected, considering I only learned about the practice a year or so ago. Before that, I was a pantser all the way. And for my troubles, I started a couple hundred stories and finished none of them. Outlining, when I discovered it, felt like someone had given me a map, when before I’d just been kind of wandering from pretty bush, to interesting

Diagnosis: A Case of the Try-Hards

Symptoms:  Over-dramatic prose to the exclusion of comprehension A staunch refusal to reorder events in a scene for fear of reducing the all-important IMPACT of one’s beautiful, beautiful words The most gratuitous use of hyperbole of all time! A narrator voice that would fit right into a 90’s movie trailer   So, I joined a writer’s forum this past week. This was a big move for me. A forum, after all, is a lurking spot for people. *Gulp* And not just any people. People who read things.

Loquaciously Inclined vs. Wordy

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I’m working on a story idea I’m calling A Little Bit Broken. Well, last night I seriously considered changing that title to A Lotta Bit Broken. Here’s what happened. I first started plotting out this story back in August and actually started writing it on September 1st. I got 105 pages in when I realized that it was all jumbled and too long. Like, I hadn’t even gotten to the halfway point, which was supposed to be around page 80.