Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion

With NaNoWriMo in full swing, the O-word is being flung about a lot, and I need to get this off my chest. I’m resurrecting an old post because it is every bit as true today as it was 3 years and 6 novels ago.  I am not a fan of outlining. In fact, it takes … More Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion

Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion

*I appologize for not getting this up last night. It was late, and some technical glitches were more than I wanted to deal with. As some of you may have noticed from my previous post, I am not a fan of outlining. In fact, it takes everything I have not to go on a rant … More Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion

Bitching About Outlines

If you’re here expecting a little rant about the necessary evil of outlines, but how I’ll persevere to get better at them because that’s what Real Writers do, you’re in the wrong room. Go look at some lolcats or something. Or feel free to stick around, but remember that I already told you this won’t … More Bitching About Outlines

Welcome to Your Punk Rock NaNoWriMo

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. Are you ready? Are you writing? Do you have an outline, an idea, a plan of any kind? No matter what you answer, mine is: Good. You’re already ready to start. I want to reassure you here and now that you have a story in you, you have … More Welcome to Your Punk Rock NaNoWriMo

Guest Post: A NaNoWriMo Must-Have (with Promotion)

Michelle’s Note: I know Cameron through irowboat, and he is an amazing person, talented author and has invented possibly the best outlining tool ever made (Like, so good it made me squee in delight). I will be using Plottr to outline–yes, me… outlining–and I will post screenshots of my progress in this year’s NaNoWriMo here so you … More Guest Post: A NaNoWriMo Must-Have (with Promotion)

Are You Actually Writing?

What with NaNoWriMo well under way, we must ask ourselves: Are we actually writing? Here is a handy list to double check if you are, in fact, writing. Things that are not actually writing: Looking for that tab you had open as reference material for a blog entry Outlining Complaining about not writing Practicing your … More Are You Actually Writing?

NaNoWriMo Prep: Advice and Finding Your Natural Mind

If we wish to be resourceful and creative in life, we must seek out encouragement and advice that nourishes and replenishes us. Especially in times of creative abandon. With NaNoWriMo around the corner, advice is flying from every side, blowing like wind from a canyon. It is difficult to know which way to turn – … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Advice and Finding Your Natural Mind

Dealing With Pre-NaNoWriMo Anxiety: 5 things to do instead of freaking out

We are only fourteen days away from National Novel Writing Month, and the internet is becoming abuzz with the yearly questions: Will I or Won’t I? I don’t Know What to Write! I Never Get Past 30 Thousand Words! So much worry. And as an old martial arts teacher once liked to say: Worry is … More Dealing With Pre-NaNoWriMo Anxiety: 5 things to do instead of freaking out

Focusing on the Outcome

I want to be a writer. Specifically, I want to write and publish books. Books about vampires and fairies and an organization I created called the Wish Granter's Union. I want people to read what I write, to be inspired by my characters as I have been by other characters. I want to share what … More Focusing on the Outcome

Guest Post: Embracing Incoherence (or, Rambling for Focus)

It’s me again, taking over so you don’t have to. A lot has happened in the last couple weeks, but we’re now 18 days and some change into November, just a smidge past halfway. If you multiply 18 days (and some change) by the Golden Ratio (1.618, a.k.a. “Phi”, a.k.a. “ϕ”), you get 30, or … More Guest Post: Embracing Incoherence (or, Rambling for Focus)