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...
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...

Quickie at the Airport

(Not that kind!) I’m on my way home from Vegas now. It was an awesome trip – lots of good times and memories, and got some much needed relaxation time. I read two new books – Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our...

Thursday Link Round-Up

Some cool writing stuff from around the web…starting off small but I’d love to make it a regular thing! 🙂 Top Ten Pacing Tips @ Romance University – great advice on controlling the pace of your story. One of the best notes: The end of the scene is...