In my not so humble opinion, character’s and their distinct voices are strong among my writing talents. But plotting stories — not so much. Having been a pantser from day one of my writing career, the plot has been a second or third step. I carved a plot slowly, one excruciating revision after another. So…… Continue reading A Home Grown Power Plotting Weekend
A nib of a Parker-Duofold-Pinstripe International fountain pen, © Parker Pens, CC My online friend, Asrai Devin, wrote a post last week about a contestrunning on Men with Pens: The Best Online Writing Contest. Two people will win a place as a student in the May edition of the Damn Fine Words writing course. (Retail…… Continue reading Taking A Risk
I’ve read a lot of blogs during the last week or two that mention a goal or resolution of restoring balance in their lives. Apparently, 2 011 left a lot of people feeling unbalanced for a lot of reasons. Ever the helpful girl scout, I went in search of all things balanced and discovered, as…… Continue reading Life – It’s a Balancing Act – Really!
Do your characters play well with others? While writing the first draft you can allow your characters to ‘’take over’ your story, but not so in revision.
All sorts of people, from experienced professionals to the newest of neophytes, offer up rules on how to write, what to write, the order of scenes, types of characters, rules about rules for every flavor of writing from nonfiction to flash fiction. The rules offered by one author are often contradicted by the rules of…… Continue reading Two Secret Rules for Writers