NaNo Bootcamp Day 6: The Core of the Character

Ahh, character. Characters are the lifeblood of the story. They are the chicken at the center of the Turducken that is your story. I actually had to Google the proper order of the Turducken. You’re welcome. Many writers are so fixated on the plot and the worldbuilding...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 5: What’s My Motivation?

Previously, on NaNo Bootcamp…the angels got the phone box! Sam and Dean had brotherly angst! Walt and Jesse made meth! And we talked about goals. (Also, I watch a lot of TV.) Anyway. We’re still digging into the pre-story stuff. As I mentioned several days...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 4: Goooooooooooal

Self-help gurus have been saying it for years. You’ve gotta have goals. If you don’t have a goal, you’re standing still, watching life go by and waiting for things to happen. Your characters are no different. If they don’t have goals, they’re just passive cardboard...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 3: One-Liners – Not Just For Comedians

There is a question I dread above all others when I’m writing something new. “What’s your book about?” It makes me want to do this: “Well, there’s this other world. And then the guns go PEW PEW and there’s some romance and a hot guy with a leather jacket and a mirror...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 2: Brainstorming

If you’ve taken the red pill and decided you’re going to go into the untamed wilderness of writing a novel, then you probably have already given some thought to the book you’d like to write. Maybe it’s in the random ideas that spring into your head while you’re...

Writing Tools: Character and Storyboarding

Back in February, I taught a free workshop on Storyboarding. I could talk about story structure for hours and hours, but I had to show some mercy on the great crowd that showed up. With many beginning writers in the audience, we spent a good amount of time talking...