• #amwriting,  The Answer is 42

    Writing to “The End”

    I cut my novel-writing teeth on NaNoWriMo, as I’m sure a lot of us have. Before that, I’d written short stories and poems galore, but had never actually attempted to finish a whole novel. (Starts, though … starts I had down pat. I’d started plenty of novels.) NaNo taught me how to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It taught me that no matter how busy the day got, I’d better put my butt in that chair and crank out some words — any words — or I could kiss my 50k goal goodbye. It taught me various and creative ways to triumph over my supernaturally strong Internal Editor and…

  • #amwriting,  The Business End of a Pen

    “Writing Enchanting Prose” Workshop – Lessons Learned From David Farland

    If you’ve never heard of fantasy author David Farland or taken one of his workshops, you may want to start Googling now.  Or I’ll save you the trouble: visit My Story Doctor and sign up for one of his classes or workshops — particularly his “Writing Enchanting Prose” workshop, a 5-day intensive that he conducts live with a class of ~10 students. At the very least, sign up for his #WritingTips newsletter. It’s been 20 years since I last workshopped in a formal environment. While I loved earning my degree at UCSD’s literature and writing department and their courses were fantastic, Farland’s class was hands-down the best for practical application.…

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    NaNoWriMo 2016 — Complete!

    November wouldn’t be NaNoWriMo without the manic, 3-day rush at the end. #winnerwinnerchickendinner (Although, in my minor defense, I fell pretty sick the week of Thanksgiving while traveling to my in-laws’, hence the lengthy and embarrassingly visible plateau.)