Imagine that you have an amazing writing day. Let’s say that you managed to type in 4000 beautiful words in a single afternoon, producing four times as much as you normally do. Everything is great. You’re totally on a roll. Read More
Of course there is a difference between my best work and my worst work. When I do my best writing everything flows. It is pure, pristine, shoals of wonderful ideas that weave together into a complete whole. It is living in flow with the Muse looking over my shoulder. The words flow out of me in a never-ending stream.
Except that all of that really is a load of crud.
Last year, after reading Chris Fox’s “5000 Words An Hour,” I started keeping track of my work. When I start to write. Whether I’m writing or editing. How many words I achieve. And it’s really opened up my eyes. Read More
Work harder than everyone else. That’s Hugh Howey’s method. Work harder than everybody else. That’s the way to eliminate the need for being lucky. Work harder than everyone else. And if you’re ever in doubt, read this article for a gigantic shot of instant motivation.
But I always think it’s fun to look at other people’s writing processes. So, here is mine. Read More
Fantasy writer Patricia C Wrede on how to train your first readers to give you the type of feedback that’s valuable to you. Really eye-opening if you haven’t thought about it before. Read More
Right now I’m walking outside, it’s about 10 degrees Celsius. There are nice weather, a little bit wet since it’s in the fall.
And I’m dictating this
into my Voyager into my Plantronics Voyager 3200 headset.
Did you notice what just happened there? I said Voyager twice, because I missed a word. I’m not going to correct this in editing. All I’m going to do is clean up the punctuation and any spelling errors.
Everything else remains. So your
Everything else remains. So what you see here is the exact transcript of the exact words that I use. Read More
On one hand, it could end.
There is enough for a cataclysmic showdown with everybody getting gunned down by the hero. That will make it rather short and I like the characters and setting. I’m not quite ready to leave them just yet. There is room for tidying up unfinished business.
But I have no idea how I’m going to do that. I’m pantsing it, writing in to the dark. I don’t know the world, I don’t know the hero, the opposition, the side characters. I’m inventing everything as I write. Read More
I don’t use the same method of writing as Hugh does, but his posts are still crammed with nuggets of wisdom that I found worthwhile. And if you’re more in line with his process, you’re bound to find illumination within.
I’d pay for this if it was published as a book. Now you get it for free. Read More
So I’m writing along and the story is flowing nicely. And then the characters decided to sit down and drink a cup of tea and chat about the weather, how their favorite sports team has lost the intergalactic space series, and how their shoes hurt, and…
And the story just grinds into a horrible, crashing halt.
It happens. Read More
Cassie Alexander writing on Jay Lake’s “Tub of Improvement.” This is the best explanation to the “hey, I sold 1/2/3 stories and now nothing for months/years/forever, what gives?”-problem I’ve ever read. Read More