One of the more common pieces of writing advice one sees is "finish what you start." The idea, as I understand it, is that if a writer never learns to follow through on a project, they will never make it "in the business" (after all, how can one get anything published if there's nothing complete to … Continue reading Finish What You Start—Or Not
Over the last year and a half or so, my life turned into the real estate equivalent of a soap opera. In March 2014, we put our house on the market, and "sold" it (had a purchase agreement in place) by early June. Closing was set for 01 August. A week before closing, our buyers … Continue reading Real Estate Ate My Brain
A writer new to the industry hears a lot of rules and guidelines, do's and don't's about how to craft a novel. None of these are hard and fast, though one is encouraged to understand why the same "rules" crop up again and again before going off willy-nilly to break them. There needs to be a compelling reason … Continue reading The Dreaded Prologue
I had never realized just how thoroughly I pants my way through stories. When I began Novel #1, it was a NaNoWriMo project. I'd had the overall arc in my head for years—maybe as long as a decade—but just hadn't ever put anything in writing. It made for an exhilarating experience when that November rolled … Continue reading Plotting from a Pantser’s Brain
I've been quiet here lately. I'd like to say it's because I'm so busy writing awesome things, but that would be a partial truth at best. That nasty little "Real Life" thing keeps getting in the way of my more esoteric pursuits, like updating this blog, so while I have been working on my novel, … Continue reading Now What?