In order to get in the habit of writing again, seeing as I’ve been editing and rewriting for such a long time without really writing much of anything new, I’m going to try doing prompts more, and practice showing and telling, something I’d like to work on. Specifically, I’d like to get better at distinguishing […]
A Writer’s Journey – The First Conference
I attended my first ever writers’ conference, which was also my first ever conference, this September held by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers organization here in the Denver area. I started volunteering with them doing write-ups on events for their monthly member newsletter last November, and the more I get to know the organization and […]
A Writer’s Journey – Improving the Craft
Good morning, blog. It’s been a while. As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted here in… a while. I’m still here, still writing, but I really lost touch with my blog as I intensified my focus and my efforts on my fiction writing and the revision of my work-in-progress. It has been a long […]
Fiction on the fly: Friday Microfiction
I’ve been itching to write, so I worked on a couple character sketches to appease my creative drive. I haven’t gotten far, just a few fragments, really, but this is a little piece of it that’s been kicking around in my head for the past couple days, so I figured I’d share it. Also, since I […]
Big Plans for 2014: Editing, Nano-ing, and Beyond!
I have a few ideas about what I want to do on the blog here in the coming year, but first, let me get round to what I have been doing lately: Procrastination/fun stuff NaNoWriMo is over, and I did finally finish my story, but I had one last little update to do, and that’s […]
Post-NaNo Week 1: The Transition from Padawan to Jedi Knight
One week down, and I’m pretty pleased with my progress. I’m trying to stick to my own daily word count goal this year, upping the ante by just about 300 words to shoot for 2,000 a day, and so far, so good. It’d be better if I could do 2,500 a day, but I am […]
NaNoWriMo Day 1: This Is Gonna Be Good :)
Though this is my fifth year doing NaNoWriMo, it’s my first year ever attending any write-ins or events, let alone the midnight write-in for November 1st! There was quite a turn-out for a late-night, midweek midnight write-in, and it was pretty cool, I have to say. Everybody sort of ended up grouped up with whoever […]
Halloween Special! Check out A 21st Century Fairy Tale FREE!
‘Tis the season to get spooky! Vampires, haunted houses, magical relics, and more await in A 21st Century Fairy Tale! Halloween Special: Free ebook! I am not running too many promotions or advertising on any of my books at the moment, so this is your chance to get in on it while it lasts and […]
How One Builds Story Structure: Important, It Is!
I use Grammarly’s grammar checker online because Yoda-speak is only for centuries-old Jedi Masters. I’ve been thinking a lot about structure since I started my edit-in-progress. For one thing, the chapter order has been weighing heavily on my mind. Normally, chronology would be my concern when it comes to ordering pieces of a story, but […]
Philosophy of Editing: Thinking it Through
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but I studied philosophy in college, not English or creative writing. Many writers who know already know they want to be writers while they’re in college tend to go for writing-based majors like literature, creative writing, journalism, or whatever you get with an English major. However, philosophy is […]