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Writing Wednesday – Pay it Forward

Congratulations to all NaNoWriMo finishers!!  

It’s been a couple of weeks, so hopefully the dust has settled and you have caught up on sleep and real life and everything you let slide while you were furiously typing away.  And maybe you’re asking yourself, “Okay, I finished a book…now what?”  Or maybe you’re a veteran and already working on rewrites.  Either way, you would be crazy not to take me up on this. Continue reading “Writing Wednesday – Pay it Forward”

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Plotting, Pantsting & Everything Inbetween

I can’t believe it’s November already!  Many of you are probably geared up or already diving in to your NaNoWriMo projects bursting with energy and ideas.  I decided this would be a perfect time to talk about one of the things that trips up a lot of new writers: plotting.

It’s an ongoing struggle, whether you’re writing your first novel, or your fifteenth, though most writers have figured out their plotting system after the first few completed books.  If you haven’t yet exactly figured out how to plot your story, or you’re like me and just collect different methods to try, or perhaps you’re not even sure what exactly this amorphous thing called plot actually is, this post is for you! Continue reading “Plotting, Pantsting & Everything Inbetween”

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She’s a B*tch, She’s a Lover

With Wonder Woman dominating the box office this past summer and all of the AMAZING female protagonists we have in the mainstream and blowing up the fantasy genre, I thought it a perfect time to revisit a post I wrote back in 2008.  It’s heartening to see that in less than a decade, women in fiction have come so far. Little girls have so many female heroes to look up to now!  

(PS: my money is STILL on Daenerys to rule Westeros #teamfireandice #motherofdragons ) 

But writing a “kickass” heroine can come with some pitfalls.  Make sure you watch out for them! Continue reading “She’s a B*tch, She’s a Lover”

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Draft Faster and Cleaner with a Writing Notebook

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Whew! What a whirlwind the past month has been. The weather has been blessedly warm and dry here in Seattle, so I’ve taken every opportunity to go outside and soak up the rays, because who knows when the sun will wander back behind the Shroud of Eternal Grey? Between that and moving (on short notice), quality butt-in-chair writing time has been hard to come by. I didn’t want to lug my giant laptop outside, and with my home in disarray, it has been very hard to focus.

Which is why I am SO glad that about three months ago, I started writing in a notebook. I’m not talking about a handy little “idea book” to jot down notes. I mean that I have a full size spiral notebook that contains my ENTIRE WIP. I’ve written the last 20K words longhand, and am a total convert. This post will give you a few reasons you might want to try it too, and a couple of tips I’ve learned through trial and error.
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Writing Wednesday: Trust the Process

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Every Winter Solstice, I set an intention for the solar year to come. This year, my intention was balance, and so far so good, I think, but there’s been another lesson/struggle that keeps coming up along with it. What I’ve figured out, is if you want balance, what you really need is ACCEPTANCE and PATIENCE. You have to be able to accept things as they are right now, and even in the act of striving for better balance, you have to be patient with how it comes about.
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Finding a Groove & The Compound Effect

 

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March is just stomping right along for me.  I’m on day 17 of my 21 day Fitness Challenge, and 10 working days away from a week in PARADISE.  I can barely contain my excitement!  As part of the challenge, we’ve been reading a self-improvement book as well.  The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.  It applies to the fitness challenge, but it’s been resonating with me more on a writing and publishing level.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, but self-publishing is a form of entrepreneurship.  Seriously – I know I’m trying to build a business and that I want to work for myself, I just always thought of it as “cheating the system” by making money from my art.  But it’s not cheating the system.  There is a whole other system for entrepreneurs.  It’s well-established and well-documented, and reading this book has opened my eyes to a sub-genre of self-improvement books that I had never considered useful before. Continue reading “Finding a Groove & The Compound Effect”