It does an incredible disservice to women to say that the only way we can be strong is if we can drive a knife through someone’s ribs without batting an eyelash or if we can strike a punching bag hard enough to send it swinging. Are characters like this strong? Absolutely. But they are not the only ones.
Earlier this year, I finished an entire (messy) draft in single POV. It was the quickest I’d ever written a draft, but yet it felt wrong. I loved every element of my protagonist’s personality, but it felt like she was the sum of multiple characters. As a result, her goals were pulling her in different… Continue reading Why I Switched to Dual POV
Finishing a first draft can be both exciting and terrifying, but it’s worthy of celebration. YOU DID IT! The characters and worlds you’ve spun on the page are a living, breathing story. Go get yourself a glass of something bubbly, I’ll wait. Now here’s the hard truth: When you re-read your manuscript, you’ll find the… Continue reading You’ve Written a First Draft…Now What?
Ah, first drafts. Where characters are born just to die in revisions. Where plot threads are strung together only to end up in a tangled knot by the time you type “THE END”. I, for one, refer to my first draft as my “trash fire” draft because it’s just that bad. But hang on, is… Continue reading Conquering Your First Draft
Last week, we talked about how to make the most of the NaNoWriMo community. But what about the actual writing bit? Both Sarah and I have participated in NaNoWriMo a handful of times and have been around the block in terms of testing out different tools for success each November. So grab a cup of… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Tools for Success
When Sarah and I first met in January 2015 (read more about our stubborn yet fateful meeting here) she asked me if I was a plotter or a pantser (total nerd, right?). A what you ask? I may have just finished the first draft of my novel in NaNoWriMo, but this writerly lingo meant nothing… Continue reading Plotters, Pantsers…and Plantsers?
I think it’s time to redefine our relationship with the shelf. You know the shelf I’m talking about? The one that fills you with dread anytime you think about the heaps of ideas and bundles of manuscripts you’ve sent there to gather dust, their pages growing brittle with age? For a long time, I thought… Continue reading How I Became a Better Writer…By Shelving My Manuscript