I won Nanowrimo 2017!

I did it! I reached 50,000 words in one month! What am I going to do now? Do it all again, of course. I'm nowhere near the end of my second novel and I want to ride this momentum as long as I can. So, wish me luck or, y'know, pray for my sanity. Either… Continue reading I won Nanowrimo 2017!

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The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily — K. D. Dowdall

The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily #AuthorTips By TA Sullivan November 8, 2017 The 5 Keys to Character Development My friend wanted me to attend a writing seminar with her, so I agreed to go. However, the summary said it was geared more for novices, so I didn’t really expect to learn […]… Continue reading The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily — K. D. Dowdall

How to Collect Writing Ideas While You’re Procrastinating Online — K. D. Dowdall

Melissa Donovan writes, “I love the web. In fact, I think it’s the single greatest invention of the twentieth century. It allows people to meet, connect, conduct business, and gather information quickly and easily, all from the comfort of…well, anywhere. It’s also an entertainment mecca. All that art! Music! Films! Literature! And games. The web… Continue reading How to Collect Writing Ideas While You’re Procrastinating Online — K. D. Dowdall

A Great Motivational Video from Extra Credits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDjrOaoHz9s I love the Extra History series on the Youtube channel, Extra Credits, and their videos on video games and gaming culture are just as fascinating. Though this video is all about video games, the advice is so applicable to writing and any kind of creative medium that I felt that I really ought to… Continue reading A Great Motivational Video from Extra Credits

3 Tips From My Failure As an Author — A Writer’s Path

by Kelsie Engen You’re standing on one mountain summit, and there are fifty miles between the next mountaintop to which you’re expected to jump. Any step you take, any direction, and you’re going to go crashing to the ground, lucky to escape with your life. There will be bruises, broken bones, broken pride, despair, […] via… Continue reading 3 Tips From My Failure As an Author — A Writer’s Path

Novel Writing Questions No. 8: How many redrafts are enough redrafts?

I've just finished looking over another redraft of my novel. I'm on the fourth redraft at the moment and I'm curious to know: when does redrafting stop being redrafting and start being nitpicking/over-perfectionism/denial-that-the-book-just-isn't-good? I've heard stories of writers rewriting a story as many as nine times before they're satisfied but I'd like to hear how… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 8: How many redrafts are enough redrafts?

Novel Writing Questions No. 7: World-Planning Or Story-Planning First

Okay, I'm moving away from structure questions and more into pre-writing questions. When you're writing a novel, do you write the world first or the story first? If you're writing a fantasy or science fiction novel set in an alternate universe or a different planet, the choice may seem obvious but, if you want a… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 7: World-Planning Or Story-Planning First