How to Write a Novel to the End: Why Plot Your Novel?
While I'm not against organic writing, for most writers plotting your novel is a good idea. We've all experienced stories that turn flat, where a subplot takes over as a character hijacks the story, or that … Continue Reading ››
The similarities between performing music and writing a novel are intriguing. During a period in my life when I thought I was finished with writing forever, I found an outlet for storytelling through music. I lend the perspective of a college vocal major and a musical theater and opera performer to this post. While I still … Continue Reading ››
Why do you write?
When I asked this question of my Facebook and Twitter friends who write, answers varied. Among them were 'to scratch an itch,' 'because I can't not write,' and 'to stay sane.' Most writers can relate to these motives, however the one that tops them all remained unstated.There's nothing sweeter than being told a … Continue Reading ››
It's a lot easier to do anything when you have a plan, and writing a book is no exception. I'm not talking about plotting at this point but about knowing what you will do and when you will do it. Thinking things through in this way helps you set and monitor goals and lets you think … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Researching a Novel the Simple Way
When it comes to research, writers tend to polarize. Some meticulous souls all but camp in libraries while others grab information from the Internet in quick-and-dirty spurts. With a bent toward library haunting, I fall somewhere in between. Researching well requires commitment, … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Setting Smart Goals
Goal setting can sound intimidating, but it is simply a tool to help you optimize your time, increase your productivity, and ensure you are going in a direction you choose.
I find that, unless I write my goals down, they slip right out of my … Continue Reading ››