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 WayWhen 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 GoalsGoal 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 ››
Question of the Week: What are the Pros and Cons of Plotting a Novel Versus Pantsing?This very sensible question was posed to Janalyn by epic fantasy author David Burrows. Thanks, David!
Janalyn VoigtWriters can get into heated debates over which is better, plotting or 'pantsing' (from the term: seat-of-the-pants writing, meaning … Continue Reading ››
If you are looking for my usual question of the week, I'm moving it to Mondays. Meanwhile, in my quest to connect you with all my posts about writing or the writing life, here's a lead-in to one I wrote for Wordserve Water Cooler. If you are an introverted writer, like … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Making Time to WriteDo you never have enough time to write, let alone to make writing into an actual business? Depending on your situation, that may be a reality, but be careful when deciding what you can and can't do. It's amazing what you can accomplish when … Continue Reading ››
Writing Questions Answered: Should You Have a Writing Career or Writing Hobby?This is a tough question every writer must answer, sometimes more than once in lifetime.
Having a Writing CareerIn the face of today's publishing climate, it's easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged, especially in the beginning of a writing career, and give up your dream. [contextly_sidebar … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Your Writing OfficeHaving a writing office or designated area for your writing communicates to you and to others that you take your writing seriously. This boosts your self-confidence, a writing resource that can be in short supply while you are finding your way in the publishing … Continue Reading ››
Writing Question of the Week: What Story Development Processes Do Writers Use?Chris Mojo asked this question of Janalyn Voigt on Quora.
An idea might start with a character, a theme, or even just a title. Writers use a variety of … Continue Reading ››
I recently guest posted for Sandra Ardoin at Seriously Write on how to prepare for a writing location research trip. I've known Sandra for a while now as we're connected through a historical research group. I took the image I use to illustrate this post in Yosemite National Park. While … Continue Reading ››