Reaching milestones quicker

I have reached 20k words on my current novel and I've been writing it for about three months now. My first novel it took my nearly nine months to reach that point--which I know is a ridiculously slow pace that I should not be that proud of beating, bu--I have beat it! If I can …

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A piece to the puzzle…

Still running my mind through all the stuff I pulled out of the aether when writing this novel I'm now trying to rewrite. It is a very satisfying feeling when I find a way to make the pieces fit. A connection clicks and it's like 'ah, yes, that must be what I was really planning …

Submitted ? ?

I have broken my streak of donothingness and submitted a story to Clarkesworld magazine! This is mostly a symbolic gesture, as I am well aware that the story is not of Clarkesworld caliber, but I wanted to get my feet back in the water and do SOMETHING. And since Clarkesworld has the fastest response time …

Discovery writing

I get why they call it that, I really do. When I write, I never know any details when I start. I have a vague idea of something I'd like to write about. Maybe I have a glimmer of a character, and some thing's she'll do, places she'll go. I have a sort of impression …

WRITE NOW

Are you a writer? Because a writer is someone who writes things, not someone who avoids writing things. That, my friend, is a procrastinator. Stop thinking about it. Stop considering your options. Stop telling yourself 'now isn't the right time.' Sit down, put your fingers over the keys/grab a pen, and WRITE. There's no such …

Editors are good, you should get one!

When writing, I know I will always get too close to the work and be unable to see it with clear eyes. This can lead to either hating something good, or being enamored with something sub-par. Second opinions are a must, but you have to be sure that opinion is coming from someone who knows …

Good vs Evil is boring

People who are perfectly good, or perfectly evil, do not exist in this world. Characters who are such, are very hard to identify with, which in my opinion makes them bad characters. For a character to be an interesting person, they should have their own desires (not be perfectly altruistic) and those desires should conflict …