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 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 ››