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
Look, we hate to break it to you, but writing is not easy. Sure, there will be those times when words fly out of your fingertips and you ride that wave of inspiration all the way to the end of the paragraph, scene, chapter, or maybe even manuscript. For the most part though, there are… Continue reading Treat Yo Self: Writer Edition
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
Ah, mid-October, that beautiful time of pumpkin spice lattes and…panic? My friends, welcome to the two weeks before NaNoWriMo. The air is crackling with the promise of blank pages and undiscovered worlds. If you’re anything like me though, there’s probably a mixture of dread and anticipation twisting up your stomach as the days until November… Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of the NaNoWriMo Community