Snowflake Method – Case Study

Hello, lovelies. Today I'm posting something extra special! Last week we talked about the Snowflake Method, what it is, and how to use it. This week, I want to give you an in-depth view of the Snowflake Method in action, and to demonstrate, I am using a book I'm currently in the process of publishing, …

Snowflake Method – Plot Theory

Welcome back to the blog. This time around I'm talking about plot methods. I've talked about plot and wHY you NEEd it before, and my question when I have someone convince me to try something is always, okay, but HOW? I'm starting a new series on the different types of plot structures that I've come …

First Draft Deceptions

I get it. Words are deceptively hard. There's so much that no one tells you about getting that first draft written, and trying to learn the craft while writing a novel is soul-crushing. I've been writing for over ten years, and during that time, I've come across a lot of different people who are ultimately failing themselves and their stories for different reasons. I want to address some of the more common writer-types that I've come across, because getting the first draft out of you is the hardest part. Keep in mind that none of these people are making their first draft happen. If you think you might be one of these, I wanted to also give you some encouragement and tips to help get you back on track.

Three Tips to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Like a Boss (Updated for 2021)

Hello, Lovelies! For those of you just tuning in, November is the National Novel Writing Month, and if you were thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I have some pretty good tips on how to prepare yourself for success. I have no small amount of knowledge of NaNoWriMo, because for about three years, I …

How to Estimate How Long a Project Will Take

It's #Preptober for #NaNoWriMo and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about project management. I think it's important in light of the National Novel Writing Month that we all know how to objectively plan how to work on our projects every day. Once you figure out a few key things about your writing habits and capabilities, planning out how long it will take you to complete any given project will be only too easy.

How to Find Time to Write When You Still Have a Day Job

The fact of the matter is, you might be able to maintain two 40 hour jobs per week, at least for a little while, but that level of intense output can't be sustained for very long without a complete burnout. Even knowing this logically, I still often found myself disappointed that I wasn't doing more, and that I wasn't keeping pace with the legends of fiction writing.

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