On Writing, 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 free… Continue reading Posting a Story on Wattpad

On Writing

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 architects… Continue reading George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)

On Writing

Worldbuilding Through Action (A World in the Details — Part One)

Perhaps one of the greatest rookie mistakes in writing is found in the setting. Not because the setting is no good, but because beginning writers tend to info-dump their setting into paragraph upon paragraph of details, all in the first couple chapters when you are supposed to be hooking the reader. Setting is one of… Continue reading Worldbuilding Through Action (A World in the Details — Part One)

On Writing

Keeping Things Plot Specific

Revision Reflections Part 2   In the early drafts of my novel, The Lingering Shadow, there were various elements to the story which I found very interesting, but as I was revising and redrafting, found that they slowed down my narrative significantly. Especially when I needed to trim things down. There is no better microscope… Continue reading Keeping Things Plot Specific

On Writing

The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)

"Fiction is a gateway drug to reading… Once you learn that [reading is pleasurable], you are on the road to reading everything" - Neil Gaiman   This is my first post on this particular site; as a writer you may guess that I've written elsewhere. And that quote is one of my favorites from one… Continue reading The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)