If you’ve ever done NaNoWriMo, you’ve probably noticed that some people reach the goal not in a matter of weeks, but a matter of days. My feelings towards those writers are conflicted. On the one hand, I’m jealous. I mean, if I could write my draft in a week instead of a month, making it … More 100k in 2 Weeks: What You Need to Know
I’ll admit, I’ve been too busy for blog posts lately. Writing and editing and more editing has kept me working full-time–but with a temporary lull and a new publishing adventure on the horizon, I’ve decided to try to keep a small log regarding this new phenomenon called Kindle Scout.
NaNoWriMo season is fast upon us, so as usual I have been scouring the web looking for awesome new tools to help me get the best out of the experience. I have been experimenting with the beta site Novlr for a few months now, and even though it is still in development, I believe it’s … More Novlr Preview/Review
How long should my book be? It’s a silly question, or so it seems. What does length matter so long as the story is well written? I have by turn either obsessed over novel length or ignored it entirely, but I do think that it is a topic worth covering. There are expected lengths for … More A Note on Novel Length
From the fan-fiction loving high schooler to the serious literary master, almost every writer has a graveyard of stillborn novels. It just happens. Some stories don’t work out. Some run out of steam only a few pages in. Some survive the drafting but fall apart as soon as you begin editing. Some just die on … More Stillborn Novels (And What to Do about Them)
This is probably going to be my last post of 2014, so I thought it would be a good time to give a shout-out to my top ten posts of the year and announce a few goodies at the end of this particular post. Let’s start with number ten! 10: Almighty Internet: Your Novel’s … More Top Ten Posts of 2014
You’re a writer. Not–necessarily–an artist. You’ve spent long hours poring over your great work of fiction and have edited it to near perfection. You want to publish it independently… but then you realize that you have no idea what to do for a cover. You’re not a designer. You don’t know fancy photoshop tricks or … More How to Get An Awesome Cover (For Free)
The other night, I collapsed with a cup of hot tea in a happy daze. I had finished my (fourth? fifth?) NaNoWriMo novel! It’s a common feeling for many writers near the end of November, but before that rush of victory comes, there’s always the sinking feeling that you won’t make it. Well, this is … More Tips from A NaNo Winner
The popular November writing spree known as National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) seems to be bigger than ever this year, topping the charts with articles written about it and multiple trending hashtags on Twitter (which, for non-tweeters, means that a lot of people are talking about it). When I first discovered NaNo back in college, … More My Take on The NaNoWriMo Debate
It’s a lot easier to finish writing novels you begin if you can make a habit of writing regularly, but it’s a hard habit to get into. It’s tempting to sit around and wait for the muse before diving into your novel, and sometimes writer’s block just happens. Sometimes you can’t master your own procrastination, … More 5 Websites That Can Help You Write More
A couple months ago I decided to step up my writing challenges. NaNoWriMo has been a fun experience for me in the past, but I need something that can keep me writing year round, and I know I can do more than 1667 words a day if I’m pressured enough. So I joined Book-in-a-Week (BIW). … More Book In A Week: Are You Up for The Challenge?