I find it rather funny that I'm devoting an entire post to my writing process, as if it's something radically new that will overturn the writing community. Unfortunately, I'm like most humans-- I mimic the habits and processes of others to an embarrassing level. I happen to also be the equivalent of a swing dancer … Continue reading My Writing Process
So-- there it is. Your idea. You're knee-deep in the stream, and the current's moving fast. Suddenly, amid the pebbles and plants clinging relentlessly to the river bed, you see it. A nugget of gold nestled among the dirt. You reach into the biting cold water, gripping it in your palms. Now what? Instead of … Continue reading From Premise to Plot
Outlining is, for many writers, a necessary evil. Although not as complicated as plotting, it can still seem stifling for some peoples' creativity. That's why structures are so important-- they set up a basic framework, while still leaving plenty of wiggle room in-between. Most writers, in my opinion, use the Three Act Structure. It's been … Continue reading Using Three Act Structure
By now, everyone knows that there's no "right" way to write a book. There are as many different writing styles and approaches as there are people. In some ways, writing styles can be grouped into loose categories. However, I prefer to see them as points along a spectrum-- a line stretching between two extremes, with most … Continue reading What Kind of a Writer Are You?