Make an Outline… or Don’t.

I. Making outlines is helpful to some writers.

  1. Depending on what I’m writing, I actually write outlines.
    1. Not always, because they can be cumbersome and a waste of time if I choose to format them.
  2. Outlines help organize your thoughts.
  3. They also make it easier to see the pacing of your fiction.
    1. If you notice most of your chapters have five events, but one chapter has sixteen… well… you know which one needs to get cut up and made into separate sections.

Continue reading “Make an Outline… or Don’t.”

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Keep a Journal

Sounds like common sense but let me make it clear. KEEP A JOURNAL! A real life, physical book with blank lined pages for you to hand write sentences in. And use it for everything. Write down that weird dialogue that just popped into your head even though you don’t have a story for it to go into. Write a list of things you want to write stories about. Write poetry. Write prose. Write microfiction. Doodle. Just do it! If you fill up a notebook a month you will have 12 BOOKS OF IDEAS by the end of the year. And … Continue reading Keep a Journal

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WTT: A Change of Scenery

Occasionally, as a writer, we believe that we have to have a a special room or space in which to write. In fact, I posted about this a while ago. We do need a space where we won’t be interrupted. But that doesn’t have to be at home. It could be your car or a park–although that would be a seasonal space since writing outside in the winter might freeze your fingers off depending on where you live.

A change of scenery will do you good. Pack up your stuff, hop in your car, and find yourself a little cafe. Maybe your local Panera Bread, Starbucks, or–heck–your local library. Try writing outside of your house. The part of you that longs to have a distraction will be satisfied, I promise you. As for the part of you that needs to work, they’ll be satisfied too and possibly inspired by the new surroundings.  Continue reading “WTT: A Change of Scenery”

WTT: Be Loud and Proud

WTTThe quote from Stephen King’s On Writing is pretty powerful. Stephen King, one of the world’s most well known author (I won’t say popular because a fair amount of people don’t like his work… but they do know his name), was once ashamed of his own writing.


 

I have spent a good many years since— too many, I think— being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction and poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft (p. 50). Continue reading “WTT: Be Loud and Proud”

It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! (part 1) (repost)

Writing can take up a lot of space. Ok, my writing takes up a lot of space-maybe you are organized-I’m notWriting takes up space somewhere and if you are working on multiple pieces, or long pieces for that matter, it can get pretty hard to keep track of your progress and your plot.

For that reason, I am telling you all about the super fun apps that I use for my writing!

Writeometer

This application runs on your android phone. It keeps track of the word count for each of your projects and can be set to give you reminders to work on your piece. Continue reading “It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! (part 1) (repost)”

It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! (part 1)

Writing can take up a lot of space. Ok, my writing takes up a lot of space-maybe you are organized-I’m notWriting takes up space somewhere and if you are working on multiple pieces, or long pieces for that matter, it can get pretty hard to keep track of your progress and your plot.

For that reason, I am telling you all about the super fun apps that I use for my writing!

Writeometer

This application runs on your android phone. It keeps track of the word count for each of your projects and can be set to give you reminders to work on your piece. Continue reading “It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! (part 1)”