In January I decided to write a nonfiction book, and a fiction short (that ended up being a little long). I succeeded in both those things.
I wanted the nonfiction book to be 24k words long though, and after about 10k I had written about everything I thought was going to be in it. So I sent it to a friend and will bring it back out with her notes in March.
February is all about getting ready for my Story Grid Certification class in Nashville. I’m eyeballs deep in Silence of the Lambs, a book I’ve decided all authors should read. Thomas Harris does so many things so well in this novel I completely understand why Shawn recommends it and uses it as a teaching tool. That being said, I also look forward to picking Shawn’s brain about some of the choices Harris makes about when to show and when to tell. We hear all the time about “Show don’t tell!” but sometimes the story gets bogged down that way. I’ll be sure to report back after I get home from Tennessee in March!
In today's guest article Arielle Haughee (Hoy) will take you through five common first draft issues and how to fix them during your revisions! So grab your coffee and settle in folks, this is a great post that is sure to help you improve your craft.
Writers often confront similar problems with their stories during the revision process. It can be frustrating to think your manuscript is too messy to fix or has more problems than other writers’ work. Fear not! Many authors confront the same challenges as they revise. Remember, any issue is fixable—some just take more time than others to set straight. So to help save you some time on your journey, here are five common revision problems and ideas for how to fix them.
All right, as you no doubt noticed, 2018 did not go as planned. There are several reasons for that, mostly the fact that I always think I can do anything and the reality of time and how much I need to sleep escapes me. So in an attempt to counter that tendency, this year I’m going month by month.
2018 did not go as planned. That said, some big and truly amazing things did happen to me this year.
Today's article is was written up and comer Emi Sano. Finding writing software that fits your style and needs can be difficult. We often recommend Scrivner on this blog but we also like choices. So here's Emi's review of the software Dabble.
There are a ton of writing software programs out there that all claim to be super helpful for new and established authors. The problem is trying to find the right one for you that’s also budget friendly. Costs can range from free to hundreds of dollars and monthly versus yearly subscriptions. Most of the time you get what you pay for - so watch out for some of the free ones.
There’s a lot that goes into writing a book, but what about the bigger picture? A lot of genre fiction authors write in series--thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy are the first few that come to mine. Even romance, where the plot is tied up with a HEA or HFN, has a fair few series (Outlander, anyone?)
Ever read a book where the character just fell flat? They sounded awkward and unrealistic and made you sad as you put the book down, realizing you just couldn't stomach it anymore? Or maybe they were that bad they just weren't good? Me too. And one of my biggest fears as I tottled down the path to writing my first book was that mine would be just as bad.
When I don’t write I feel bad about myself. Like I’m a failure and somehow not worth the food it takes to keep me alive. Harsh I know but that’s how I feel. And the longer I go without writing the worse I feel about myself. The guilt made it even harder to write. What if I sit down and I can only write crap today? Where along the line I forgot that writing it fun. It’s my escape. Getting through this was and still is not easy. But I found some solid steps to get myself and hopefully you headed in the right direction. The direction that keeps you writing and working hard to make your dreams a reality.
A lot of authors have a few things confused when it comes to writing and genre. Some, think genre doesn’t matter until you’re ready to market. And some think it doesn’t matter at all. Neither assumption is correct.
Resistance is one of the hardest things to overcome when you’re trying to write a book. Everyone says just put your ass in the chair and write. Just do it. But how often do you find yourself in the chair with no idea what to write? Even if you have an outline and know you’re supposed to write the resolution of the beginning hook you don't know what or how to go about it. Ambiguity is one of the other things you need to overcome as a writer to get that book out into the world.
So how do you beat resistance and ambiguity, put your butt in the chair, and write the damn book?
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