Writing a novel is a large and abstract undertaking. After all, what goes into a book? Words, right? Lots of them. More specifically, a novel is written one word at a time.
Taking this micro view of the writing process is actually most beneficial because it breaks the project into digestible pieces. For example, you [...]
Throw some money in the garbage.
Go ahead. Do it.
You’re probably thinking I’m crazy, right? Good. That means you’re still relatively sane. If you would never in a million years throw away cold, hard cash, then why are you wasting something just as valuable?
For writers starting their careers, there can be a disconnect between [...]
I can’t write.
This isn’t a confidence or self-pity issue. I physically can’t write for any extended period of time because I have two stitches in my left palm.
I’m okay. I was hanging Christmas lights on my mom’s house when the ladder gave way beneath me. It was a crappy ladder, which evidently was not [...]
I’ve done it. I’ve finally decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2011 (aka National Novel Writing Month). Every year, writers from around the globe pledge to write 50,000 words during November. I didn’t sign up for previous contests since, as a professional writer (or an aspiring professional, at least), every month should be novel [...]
I’m currently reading The Prestige by Christopher Priest, wherein I came across a bit of implied advice for the aspiring. As Alfred Borden describes his ascent to the professional stage, he says this:
London was full of clever magicians and an entry into the circuit was not easy. I managed to take a [...]
Today’s adventures in writing have been productive: 700 words so far…and I’m still going. While this is a modest number, it’s significant for two reasons:
Lately I’ve been using a daily minimum word quota (600 words, which translates into two pages). The idea behind the minimum quota is a lower expectation in the amount of [...]
I told myself I wouldn’t write about the Twilight series. Something about granting any attention to this cash cow based on poorly written novels. But now I feel compelled to do so because I’ve finally seen both movies (at free screenings, I might add) and have given the stories enough thought to figure out what’s wrong with [...]
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