My Tipping Point on Wattpad

It has been nearly five months since I last talked about Wattpad. Yikes!! Sadly, at the very moment things began to take off for my book on Wattpad, I also entered one of the craziest seasons of my life — my first semester as a Middle School English teacher. It was all I could doContinue reading “My Tipping Point on Wattpad”

Getting Readers on Wattpad

That’s why you’re thinking about posting your story on Wattpad, right? Everyone wants to have their story read. But how do you get people to read a new story on a site that has literally millions of stories? There are stories on Wattpad with millions of views and thousands of votes, and it can beContinue reading “Getting Readers on Wattpad”

Posting a Story on Wattpad

I am beginning a new blog series discussing my experience on Wattpad. If any of you are using the social writing and reading site, I would love to dialogue about it. If you are new to Wattpad, it is a website where thousands upon thousands of writers post stories or novels, typically serially, for freeContinue reading “Posting a Story on Wattpad”

Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

It has been a while since I’ve written. For a number of reasons, but largely because I have been busy and I have been stuck. I know, I know. The age-old excuses. But they plague us all, don’t they? I work full time and I am a full time graduate student. So time is tight.Continue reading “Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)”

Finding a Writer’s Voice

My earliest memories of writing are from grade school, tracing the forms of letters on perforated outlines before graduating to attempt them freehand; then, on to short sentences — See Dick Run sorts of things. At the time, penmanship was still a virtue, and we students had uncomfortable little rubber insets on our pencils toContinue reading “Finding a Writer’s Voice”

Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind

E. L. Doctorow compared writing to driving. You know where your destination is, but you can only see as far as your headlights. At first I thought this promoted flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing. But I don’t really think it is. I think it is true we can’t always see how things are going to come together asContinue reading “Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind”

George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)

It is Friday, and so it is time for a quote from a famous writer. There are people on both sides of the outlining approach to writing. George R.R. Martin describes it this way: I’ve always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architectsContinue reading “George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)”

Why Writers Write

Probably the best way to learn how to write better is by listening to writers, or reading stories they wrote. So I’ve decided to start a new weekly post with writing advice from other writers who have things mostly figured out. At any rate, a lot of people read their work. Here is the first:Continue reading “Why Writers Write”

The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)

I have found that I can be a bit of a shapeshifter. Not like a werewolf, but a shifter of personality depending on the people I am around. Like an actor, or a party-goer with many different masks, I can change. Sometimes it is evident in the things I say, or don’t say. Sometimes theContinue reading “The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)”

Overthinking the Little Trouble Spots and Writer’s Block

I am a nerd, and I love world-building. I love coming up with all the little details and why the world is the way it is in my stories. But sometimes it can kill my writing. I have been stuck on a scene in my latest WIP for a couple weeks now. The story isContinue reading “Overthinking the Little Trouble Spots and Writer’s Block”