What I Do (or Don’t Do) with Writing Ideas

Unfortunately for me, my best ideas come to me right before I fall asleep. And I always convince myself that the idea is so good that I don’t need to write it down. I always think: Why would I write this down? This is too good to forget. And the next morning, as...

Summer Is Here!

The start of June has always been the identifier of summer for me, even though the season doesn’t technically start until June 21. But Memorial Day feels like the end of spring for me, and—after recently returning from a trip to Myrtle Beach (see the picture on...

Week Two at Camp NaNoWriMo

One of the things I like most about extended writing projects is getting to know the characters. While I haven’t made huge strides in meeting my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, I’ve learned a lot about my characters. The bigger bonus is that my new cabin seems to be...

My First Week at Camp NaNoWriMo

Last April, I was working on a play for Script Frenzy—a thirty-day challenge to write one hundred pages of a stage play, screen play, or any other type of script. Just a few days after Script Frenzy ended in 2012, the Office of Letters and Lights (OLL)—the folks who...

Reading, Writing, and 2013

The new year is moving ahead, and I wanted to take some time to share what my reading and writing plans are for 2013. Reading Below is a list of the ten books that I’m planning on reading this year. Most of them are non-fiction, which will be a challenge since I...

November Recap: NaNoWriMo and More

November always seems like it’s gone too quickly, which has been nothing but had news for my NaNoWriMo word count. As you can probably guess, I didn’t win National Novel Writing Month this year. I blame my characters and my story. They blame my lack of...

NaNoWriMo 2012: Day 13

Bad News: I’m officially more than 10,000 words behind in NaNoWriMo. Good News: I’m not giving up. I’ve been very frustrated with my story from the very start this year, which has really caused problems with the whole word count thing. But I’ve...

NaNoWriMo 2012: Day 4 Recap and Cover

It’s late in the fourth day of NaNoWriMo 2012, and I’m plugging away at Day of Calamity. I’ve dedicated plenty of time toward writing so far, but I’ve really struggled with getting the words out. I’m about a full day behind right now, so...

NaNoWriMo 2012: Day 1 Recap

First, let me say how horribly unprepared I feel about NaNoWriMo this year. The novel I’m writing is the third idea I’ve had, and I landed on it just over a week ago. I tried taking time to outline characters, but I couldn’t even decide on their...

NaNoWriMo 2012: One Week Out

I’ve been trying to make some progress on my NaNoWriMo story by getting to know my characters, places, and storyline. You can see my workspace in the picture on the right. By the time I had fourteen chapters planned, I realized that I liked the story but I...