On Revision…Again

Hello friends! Vacation is over, and I’m back to writing. Way back in June, I’d resolved to take a break from working on Kita’s story, and that worked for a bit. However, I’ve taken on a new critique partner and the only thing in good enough condition to send her way is, of course, ScionContinue reading “On Revision…Again”

On Discovery Writing

Hello friends! As I’ve mentioned, I’m a plotter, and I’m convinced this is the right way to approach novels. But short stories are an entirely different beast. When I write a short story, I typically start with an image or a line, and I write from there (or towards there). I don’t outline; I justContinue reading “On Discovery Writing”

On the Evolution of Character

Hello friends! One of my favorite things about writing is the potential every character has to become so much more. By this, I mean that I often begin with one sense of a character, and as I continue working on them, they transform into something else. As with a lot of my work, the bestContinue reading “On the Evolution of Character”

On Plotting and Outlining

Hello friends! I am, undoubtedly and unabashedly, a plotter when it comes to writing. Outlines are my friend. Names and places are the right way to go. While there’s a time and a place for discovery writing or pantsing, I don’t believe you want to be doing that when it comes to drafting.  This isContinue reading “On Plotting and Outlining”

On Conventions

Hello friends! I’ve already mentioned I’m not a very social person. I like my small gatherings and tight-knit groups. So when I went to my first writing convention last fall, I wasn’t entirely sure I’d enjoy myself. Of course, due to the chaos of last year, the 2020 World Fantasy Convention was held virtually. IContinue reading “On Conventions”

On Writers’ Block

Hello, friends! Sometimes, writing is hard — and not for any particular reason. Sometimes, the words just won’t come. There are various opinions on this sort of blockage and how to address it. Some advice suggests working through it. Some people believe in taking breaks. Obviously, there’s no one-size solution to writers’ block. Sometimes, IContinue reading “On Writers’ Block”