process

All nano’s eve

October 30, 2012

October 31. Halloween. All Hallows Eve. The precursor to All Saints Day and All Souls Day. No matter what you call it, kids from two to ninety-two will be dressing up in the best costumes and trying to frighten the pants of you. But you know what? They don’t scare me. Because Halloween represents something […]

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Query me this

September 19, 2012

Writing a novel was easy in comparison to the query. That baby may be the death of me. When writing a novel you aren’t limited by word counts or pages. You can say what you need, be verbose and have ten line run-on sentences, write pages of exposition and introspection and detailed settings and just […]

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Camp is my bitch

September 13, 2012

Well, I got to the end of Camp NaNoWriMo and met all of my goals. And of course, met the big goal, the one I didn’t think I could meet during a normal month, let alone the month after receiving soul crushing news. By getting to the end of camp and making the goal of […]

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Hello Mudder. Hello Fadder. Here I am at. Camp NaNoWriMo

August 19, 2012

Anyone who’s taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo knows the plan. Write 50,000 words in one short month. A first draft of a fully formed novel in thirty days. Of course in August, we get an extra twenty four hours. So we got it easy. Don’t worry, I’ve not become an outdoorsy tent-loving fire-building survivalist. It’s […]

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Flip the bird – then write fast!

June 3, 2012

Sitting at my desk early one morning, I stared at a blank screen. May as well get ready for work – clearly no brilliant words were awaiting me on that day. I kneeled over the tub with my noggin under the tap ready for a good hair wash, then blood rushed to my head. A […]

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Adverbly yours

April 1, 2012

A habit, or maybe fall back, of many writers is the ease and frequency with which they use adverbs. Especially -ly adverbs. See? I did it again. After giving my novel out to the first round of beta readers (love you guys!), I went on a search and destroy mission. Seek out any word ending […]

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The writing soundtrack

March 5, 2012

No, I haven’t suddenly become blessed with musical ability. I still sing like a duck getting a mammogram, and the only instrument I’ve mastered is, well, private. This pool of word vomit is about the music you hear when you write. Years ago, when I first attempted to write a novel, I had no music […]

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Word vomit

February 2, 2012

In a recent workshop, one of my fellow students asked the rest of us what our writing process is.  I hadn’t thought much about process at that point, and wasn’t sure what I do could be called a process.  Process sounds so formal and, I don’t know – organized.  My method is to vomit words […]

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