What Every Writer Wants for Christmas

There’s nothing we writers value more than our writing time, and want to maximize the time we’ve set aside as much as possible by keeping noisy distracting to a minimum. What do we get instead? The Last Jedi blaring from the next room, Christmas music coming from upstairs making you accidentally type “all I want for Christmas is you, babyyyy” for your character’s dialogue, and a bunch of kids throwing marshmallows at you and say that you’re in a snowball fight.  Continue reading What Every Writer Wants for Christmas

NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s Okay to be a Slow Writer

It’s okay if you feel like a a snail slushing through mud could write a book faster. That’s how I felt when I first started, but if you keep writing you’ll build speed. What I learned from the last four years of doing NaNo was that you don’t just write seriously during November. The best way to finish your work in progress isn’t to have a super power of typing out 1,000 words in 30 minutes, but to keep writing continuously. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s Okay to be a Slow Writer

NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s okay to Skip Scenes

Don’t feel like you have to write every single scene out if it isn’t coming to you. Some scenes play out in your head as clearly as if it were on an HD 40-inch flat screen TV and you can write every detail and won’t need to change much in the second draft. Other scenes are on an old black and white televisions set with crooked antenna and there isn’t much coming through but static. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s okay to Skip Scenes