Oh, god... I had to hack apart this chapter—amputated it completely, in the end—and now my plot is bleeding out. What do I do? Quickly! It's dying! My poor plot... It needs a new chapter! Maybe a bionic one, to make it "better, stronger, faster"? I've seen plenty of other writers post about rewriting chapters. … Continue reading The Plot Coagulates
Last time I talked about how the cover art I want to use for my novel is keeping me from leaping wholeheartedly into shopping it around once it's done. Today I'm fighting different demons. I've got a couple of short stories written (or at least drafted) about what it's like to be a dryad in … Continue reading Today’s Writing Demons
So I've started thinking more about what I want to do with my novel once it's "finished" (~insert raucous laughter here~). Initially, I figured I'd just self-publish, try to push it to a few places I thought it might appeal or I might have a little sway, and say "Yay! I'm an author!" I even … Continue reading Shop It or Self-Pub? Art’s at the Heart
I've been a fantasy fan effectively for my whole life. When I finally gave in to the urge to write a novel of my own, then, it was only natural I'd choose the genre I'd read almost exclusively for decades. Nobody told me how much harder it would be than I even imagined. Why is … Continue reading Did Someone Say “Worldbuilding”?
I don't know how other writers work, but my revision process is not linear—especially not once I get outside feedback from my critique partners (CPs). Lately I've found myself nearly getting lost in iterative loops as I keep refining chapters. I can hardly remember what I've added (or subtracted) where, and which clarifications have been … Continue reading Revisions Are Making Me Dizzy