Post archives for: writing

Writers: Generating Story Characters with One Stop

Listen, I’ve never had any trouble coming up with my own story characters, thankyouverymuch. My stories are very character-driven. I see their pasts, their motivations, their fears and desires. I know everything about them, and I fall in love. Until I don’t. Until the day that I need a minor character and they need to […]

Why I’m doing NaNoWriMo after all — test driving a new set of tools

I’ve been on the fence about doing NaNoWriMo this year (that’s National Novel Writing Month, and it’s coming up in November). From the conversations I’ve had with writer peeps, I’m not the only one. Who has time for it? Who happens to have a story idea researched, outlined and ready to go? There are so […]

Super Structure by James Scott Bell
New Addition for Your Writing Library by James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is one of the few authors that I collect. While I enjoy his fiction, I especially watch for his how-to books on the writing craft. He’s done his homework, put in the years, tested the waters — you name the metaphor, he’s got it under his belt. (Ha!) Book Review: “Super Structure: […]

Marathons (NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner!)

Whew! 50,000 words in 21 days…

Change Your Mind or The Book Dies

Last month I wrote a guest post for agent Steve Laube’s blog, which he titled, “The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread?” The article didn’t have anything to do with bread. It was about the future of books, the changing nature of publishing and the new forms and formats that authors, if they’re smart, need to […]