The Evolution of Story

There's a lot of self-talk that goes into drafting, because it's impossible for me to believe, if I stand back and look at the magnitude what needs to be done, that I'll actually be able to do it.


NaNoWriMo Year 8

Holy cats, I really have been NaNoing since 2010. Considering everything, I was thinking of skipping this year. But things bubble, and NaNo has always been a really satisfying experience for me. So here we go again! And since I'm into lists of 5 these days, here are 5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo. Your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Year 8

50,000 Words Later

This was my third NaNoWriMo, and my third time winning. Which sounds like a brag, and I suppose it is, a bit; but I should clarify. In some ways, NaNo is a cheat for me. My writing style is verbose. Hitting a particular word count is not generally my problem. If I get stuck on … Continue reading 50,000 Words Later


Editing, and the Importance of Coffee

I am a smart person. This is not bragging; it's just genetics. I don't think brains guarantee you much in this life - certainly not success, or love, or prosperity (or talent, for that matter). They're just another tool to apply to the world, and it's just as easy to let them sit and gather … Continue reading Editing, and the Importance of Coffee



= the number of words in my first draft. Which is, amazingly enough, DONE. I owe a debt to Novel Girl on this one. She wrote a friendly little comment on my last post about the value of deadlines, and immediately I began making excuses in my head. "Well of COURSE that's a good idea," … Continue reading 90,887


On First Drafts

I have a goal now: by this year's NaNoWriMo, I want to have a revised first draft of my novel. This, I think, will turn out to be ambitious. I have been chipping away at the book, but I still have about 1/3 of it to write, maybe a little more. Most of it is … Continue reading On First Drafts


What To Do With A Lousy Day

Post an excerpt of your novel on a public web site for critique. Yes, I did it. Earlier today, I plunked the first 1000 characters of my NaNo novel in one of their forums. Am I still terrified? Am I still worried it's going to get shredded? Of course I am. But my logic is … Continue reading What To Do With A Lousy Day