Camp NaNoWriMo Unofficial Pep Talk: April 2017, Week Two

There are four weeks (and then some) in April, so I like to think of Week 1 as the “Freshman Fire” and Week 2 as the “Sophomore Slump.”

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How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea

One of the hardest things to do is give up on a writing project. Especially if that project is something you have poured your time and soul into. Generally I don’t encourage writers to abandon their projects. You should “finish your shit,” as Chuck Wendig says. You learn a lot by completing an entire project. (If… Continue reading How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea

Copy Editing vs. Editing Your Story, or Two Types of Close Reading

Last week I started a new job as a copy passer — that is, a proofreader or essentially a copy editor. At the same time, I’ve been using my free time to edit the novel I wrote back in November of 2015. The more I worked on these projects side-by-side, the more I realized: Though what I’m doing… Continue reading Copy Editing vs. Editing Your Story, or Two Types of Close Reading

Beware the Cast of One Thousand Characters

A few weeks ago over at The Character Comma, we got a question about how many antagonists a story can have. The answer, of course, is “however many the author can handle and however many make sense to the story,” but it brought up discussion of a common issue that writers encounter while writing: too many… Continue reading Beware the Cast of One Thousand Characters

Feedback and Friendship through Fan Fiction: Maintaining Confidence in Your Writing

For beginning writers, writing can be a pretty lonely business. We’re no strangers to having our budding career belittled, even by close friends and family who think writing is just a “hobby” and that we have too much time on our hands. Word on the street is, this doesn’t change much even after you’re published.… Continue reading Feedback and Friendship through Fan Fiction: Maintaining Confidence in Your Writing

A New Year’s Writing Exercise

Happy New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day (wherever you’re reading this from)! Today/tonight I have a writing exercise for you guys to try, if you’d like. And if you write, of course. Back in 2015 I started collecting Tarot decks, so come New Year’s Eve 2015 I decided to put them to use and start a… Continue reading A New Year’s Writing Exercise