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...

This Blog Unavailable Due to Shutdown (Just kidding…)

I must apologize for the delay! I had big plans to have a post go up every day in October. Then, my immune system took a cue from Congress and enacted a shutdown on Wednesday. Strangely, this works as a teachable moment for writers, myself included. As I lay on the...

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...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 1: Why Bother?

Who in all the realms would want to write 50,000 words in a month? Well, according to last year’s numbers, over 340,000 Earthlings attempted that very feat. They wrote over 3 billion words, and 38,000 of them successfully reached the 50,000 word finish line. NaNoWriMo...

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...

Back Again

Well, life has been quite…eventful since my last few posts. Some very good, some very bad, but all things that kept me away from the writing life unfortunately. However, I’ve realized something quite exciting; my first book will be published in six months!...
Curing the NaNo Blues

Curing the NaNo Blues

It’s Day 4 of NaNoWriMo, and I find myself already hitting a familiar stage of a new book. “This isn’t going well.” “This is not the brilliant, fresh story I had imagined.” “I should quit writing.” While I’m not...