Given how last month was NaNoWriMo, there may be many of you who have a rough draft of a story on hand. Or you may not have gotten that far. You may have characters but no plot, too many version of the plot, or a plot with no strong characters. Wherever you are in the … Continue reading It Sometimes Takes a Draft…or Two or Three or…
To all those writers who've ever wondered what's the point. Why bother writing? What difference can it possibly make? Sometime about 1878, Oscar Wilde seemed on the verge of joining the Roman Catholic Church. He wavered back and forth on this for a few years until he read a book that changed him, turning him … Continue reading Books: Power on Printed Page…or Electronic Screen
So I didn’t make it. I stormed the castle of literary success only to be turned away by a feather, to have a few grains of sand move more quickly than my fingers. I was on track to finish revising my novel in a month, and then I discovered another character (you’d think after all … Continue reading Failing Forwards
Technically, this month is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), when authors all across the nation feverishly pen a novel in thirty days. Many opt to use it as NaNoEdMo, however, giving themselves an opportunity to revisit a novel and edit the socks off it (and the errors, too, while they’re at it) even though this … Continue reading NaNoEdMo: Back to the Beginning
I was recently talking to a friend about writing, and she said she never considered herself a writer because she isn’t interested in the mechanics of writing. She is a voracious reader, though, and she enjoys coming up with stories. This got me thinking about the different kinds of people that are drawn, in one … Continue reading Scribblers, Storytellers, and Authors: Which Are You?