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”

Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)

Time for another writerly quote. I wrote a post recently on Literary fiction versus Pop Fiction, and the issue I have with “literary” folks who put down widely read works, so this quote struck home with some things I’ve been thinking about lately: I have been successful probably because I have always realized that IContinue reading “Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)”

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”

Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)

In my last worldbuilding post, I used the example of a gallows in the town square, and talked about how pointed details can accomplish much more in establishing the setting of your story than pages of gratuitous details. Not only does that gallows set a tone quickly, but it is a function in the storyContinue reading “Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)”

A World in the Details — (Worldbuilding Part Two — Making Your Details Matter)

In yesterday’s post, we talked about how one of the biggest writing mistakes is often found in the setting, often most noticeably evident with a lot of info-dumping at the beginning of the novel, describing what the setting is like, how the world works, setting a tone through colorful prose. These are great and necessaryContinue reading “A World in the Details — (Worldbuilding Part Two — Making Your Details Matter)”

Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

I’d like to continue my ramblings on stakes and characterization. This time focused on your character’s wants, or their motivations for what they are doing. It can be real easy to just sort of let things happen to your characters, or let them just do stuff. I tend to think of action that occurs beforeContinue reading “Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)”

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”