Doubt, trepidation, and anxiety are all fairly natural qualities in a writer. I know these feelings are not unique to me. And yet, that solidarity doesn’t make it feel any easier to approach writing. To get over the fear and actually write. When am I ready to write a story? I am a pantser. When I… Read More Am I Ready For This Story?
Can I blame the summer heat for my writing slump? It seems the only time I can manage to write anything is a couple hundred words during my morning commute, the subway AC blasting, ice coffee in my hand, tapping on my phone. Sometimes, I wonder if my neighbors on the train ever take a look… Read More Notes from a subway drafter…
I began watching Luke Cage this weekend, and there’s a phrase the echoes throughout the first few episodes (perhaps further, but I’m only on episode 4). Luke and Pop have a call and response: “Forward always,” Luke says, “Always forward,” Pop replies. In the series, this statement is loaded with emotion, with the past experiences… Read More Forward always, always forward
At over 400 pages in its first draft, my current WIP is a monster. Meandering, and repetitive, I spent so many words figuring out the world of my story, getting to know the characters, learning their motives, their passions, their faults. When I started writing this book during my first ever NaNoWriMo in November 2014,… Read More Revisions, revisions
Yesterday, around 5:30 PM, I reached 50,000 on my NaNoWriMo manuscript. It was fairly last minute, but not particularly rushed. Most of the month was slow and steady, and far less frantic feeling than 2014 – my first NaNoWriMo. Knowing I could do this – because I’d already done it – was undoubtedly a key… Read More NaNoWriMo 2015 – Debrief
So there are two days remaining in NaNoWriMo 2015. Well, less than a day and a half in my current time zone. Turns out that being home for Thanksgiving means a lot more TV watching and book reading than writing, so I am a tiny bit behind. My current word count sits at 44, 816.… Read More NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 29
“WOOOOOAH, WE’RE HALFWAY THERE.” Well, we’re more than halfway there. Yesterday was the halfway mark, and I also hit the halfway mark in my word count. I am Right. On. Track. This is a good thing, but I do have this lingering worry in the back of my mind that *things* will come up and… Read More NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 16