The novel I wrote isn’t good. In fact it’s pretty terrible. The idea is nice, but it’s “falling flat”. I’m not sure what that actually means, but it’s the best way I can describe it. There’s no weight to anything that’s happening. I know how to fix it. It needs to show more of the… Read More

I’ve been doing a lot of free writing in my journal. It’s very satisfying to just dump all the thoughts that I have out on the page. I’m trying to do it more with my fiction. I often get stuck with all the ideas floating around in my head and I end up just sitting… Read More

I recently came across a link to one of Mitch Hedber’s “free writing” exercises: I’ve tried free writing before and I’ve always found it therapeutic. It helps me to keep the mindset of only writing for myself and not thinking anyone else will read it. It takes away the embarrassment of putting things down… Read More

I frequent some different writing forums. A common title I see reads something to the effect of, “I’m going to try to write a story a day for the next year,” or, “I have this good idea for a story. What do you think?” These goals in and of themselves aren’t necessarily bad. But, in… Read More

I tend to give too many reasons for my character’s actions. It clutters up the story and slows plot advancement. The character is living a life and making normal, every day decisions. We, as characters of our own stories, don’t think about the reasons behind everything we do. We just do the things. For example,… Read More

As I really started to get serious about writing every day, I heard a lot about word count. Stephen King says to write 2000 words a day. Brandon Sanderson told his class to write 500 words a week or something like that. I started with 500 words a day and worked up to 1500-2000 a… Read More

One of the best pieces of advice out there for writing stories is to “just start writing”. In other words: Do work. Produce stuff. But for a procrastinator such as myself, that advice easily becomes daunting. I need to break things out in chunks. If I don’t, my mind wanders too much and I get… Read More

I’ve tried a lot of different approaches to planning and writing a novel. I’ve researched and found all sorts of methods. Some people said to plan a lot, others said to not plan and just “start writing”. I tried the planning, I tried just going for it. I found some stuff that worked for me… Read More

I used to use Word and Excel for the majority of my writing before. They aren’t bad tools, but between having a PC and a Mac, transferring the files through email, cloud storage, and an external drive to get the files where I wanted to work on them, and then having to get those files in… Read More

A while ago I read Will Hartzell-Baird’s Death Mill Mansion and was impressed with all the plots and details he kept track of throughout the book. In really fun and interesting ways, he would bring back characters and plot devices that I had completely forgotten about.   I often wonder how great authors keep… Read More