NaNo Bootcamp Day 10: To Plot or To Pants

Toilet paper: over or under? Peanut butter: crunchy or creamy? Writing: plotting or pantsing? These are the polarizing questions we must ask ourselves. Plotting vs. pantsing is a hotly debated topic among writers. Full disclosure: I’m firmly in favor of outlining, so...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 9: Dossiers

It takes a lot of work to create a fictional person out of nothingness. I mean, it takes a lot more time and effort than the process of creating a real person. At least the actual conception part. The birthing and the diapering and the child-rearing and all that…so,...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 8: Profiler

Once you’ve gotten to know your character’s gooey metaphorical insides – not the literal ones, you butcher – then you can start developing a profile for them. Later I’ll be writing a post about creating your concordance, which will include these profiles. As I...
Splash Into Summer

Splash Into Summer

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Splash Into Summer

Well, it just wouldn’t be my blog without long absences, would it? After thirty years of being on Earth, I’m attempting to finally kick my procrastination habit in the butt and get myself in gear. I’ve pondered my work ethic pretty extensively, and...
Augusta Literary Festival

Augusta Literary Festival

I’ll be appearing at the Augusta Literary Festival on February 28 and March 1! Stop by to get your copy of Phantom Touch and grab some cool swag! I’ll also be participating on an author panel: “The Mind of the Fantasy Author!” You don’t...

Viva la Said!

Said is not dead. When I should be writing, I often find myself searching Pinterest for decadent recipes I will never cook and craft projects I will never make. Since my day job is teaching, I often get sucked into the cutesy world of the Education boards, and I keep...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 7: What’s Your Sign?

What’s your sign, baby? There are as many ways to talk about characters as there are types of characters. Some people like an archetype approach, some like zodiac, some like exhaustive questionnaires. We’ve already talked about the important stuff. What does the...

Back Again

Well, the last week or so is a good lesson in planning. Work has been busy, and then I went out of town to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette. In a pipe dream, I thought I’d write all the entries ahead of time and simply schedule them to post on their...