This article is just as it sounds: it’s a simple, hopefully easy-to-follow guide to successfully “owning” NaNoWriMo this November. As the anticipated month in question is only a few weeks away now (!), I’m trying to quickly release some more NaNo posts between then and now; namely a post that isn’t a rewrite of last year’s. But if it doesn’t happen: that’s okay! You can still check out my old posts, all of which I’ll continue to share on our Facebook page.… Read More How to OWN NaNoWriMo Like a Boss (2017 EDITION)
Cue the confetti, y’all! Today is my victory day. Heck, this is my victory year.… Read More Second Draft Completed! … Now What? (“The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” Status Update)
“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole journey that way.” – E.L. Doctorow
That quote describes my “plantsing” style perfectly: I have an idea as to what I’m doing, but I also like to be surprised by my own story. That latter part is just the reader in me.… Read More NaNoWriMo Prep – How I Plan My Novels & Why it Works (2017 edition)
Little compares to pure determination, especially in writing. I tap my foot restlessly as I wait for my “writing time” (which is typically between four and six in the evening), eager to let my fingertips click make-believe people, places, and thoughts into existence.
We’re amazing, aren’t we? We hold the power to create, destroy, and rebuild as we please. We can valiantly slay dragons, voice those opinions we were too afraid to say aloud, soar to utopias beyond our wildest dreams, win arguments we lost years ago, flawlessly get revenge on all the punks in the world, and all from the comfort of our local Starbucks.… Read More 5 Easy-as-Pie Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Writing Life
The protagonist, Mildred “Rosie” Fairbanks, is fifteen years old when the story opens and lives on the second story of her family bakery, John’s Baked Goods. She lives with her brother (Leslie Fairbanks), mother (Mary Fairbanks), and aunt (Minnie McKenna). Her best friend is Billy Fuji, whose family is very close to Rosie’s.
As the war makes its way to America at the end of 1941, Rosie faces unthinkable hardships in losing her best friends. Due to her family’s carelessness in running John’s Baked Goods, the bakery loses more and more customers every month.
I’m trying to integrate multiple themes in the novel; the biggest of which is finding hope during difficult times.… Read More Status Update: “The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” (Bonus: Q&A about the book!)
Questions just about every writer has asked him- or herself: Just how many words does it take to make a novel? Is there a certain word-count? And how do I know if my novel is too short/long? If you are that writer, here is a quick, simplistic post for you, based entirely on the research I’ve been doing lately. (Yes, I research word-counts. I swear I’m this cool in real life.)… Read More How Many Words Make a Novel?
you definitely need an ideal reader. There isn’t any going around it, so please don’t try. I’ve said this in many other posts before, but here it is again: don’t write a novel for a broad audience. Write with one person in mind (i.e. an ideal reader) to make it deeper and more personal… Read More Why You Need an Ideal Reader (& How to Find Yours)
Plan out your story, at least the bare basics like setting and main characters, writing down what you’ll need to research later on. Maybe keep a document on your phone, or a page in your journal. This, I believe, is the most effective way to avoid wasting your time on useless information.
But how can this be accomplished? Is there more to researching a novel than doing a quick Pinterest search and saving the good articles?… Read More The Most Efficient Ways to Research Historical Fiction
Do we want our dialogue to look believable? Of course. There’s nothing quite like reading a line of dialogue so stiff and fake that we can hardly imagine anyone actually saying it. But despite what some will tell you: you need to maintain a balance between realistic dialogue and fictitious dialogue.… Read More Writing Dialogue in Fiction – Everything You Need to Know
Hi again, writers! I sure have been posting a lot, haven’t I? In case you missed my last post, you can find it here. The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes (cover not final) is a 1940s historical fiction novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2016. I announced the novel as a “Special Surprise” in March, and since… Read More An Introduction to “The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes” – Special Sneak Peek!