Writing Character Motivation

For more on writing motivated characters, check out this post on the difference between internal and external motivations.   All my favorite stories are character-driven. Oh, sure, you can write an action-packed tale of car chases and dragon slaying and all the...

NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015? Complete. *Exhales deeply, tries not to pass out from exertion.* If you’re like me and just wrapped up NaNo, congratulations! If you’re still working away, keep going! I believe in you. If you have no clue what NaNoWriMo is, I’d like to direct you...

Internal and External Motivation

Nothing drives a story like a determined character. But this is one of those things that’s easier to say than it is to actually incorporate into writing. I thought I understood what all these writerly types meant when they said to make a “strong, motivated” character....

Writing Music

As in the act of composing music? Nope! This is all about music you can write to. Some people hate writing to music; others can’t write without their earbuds in. I fall somewhere in between. I compile huge playlists that I brainstorm and outline to, but when it comes...

Writing Habits

“I can only write when I’m drinking coffee.” (This is not true for me. But you’ve heard it before, right?) “I need to write everything by hand. No technology allowed.” (Also not the case. I can type at ninety words per minute, but when I’m handwriting, it drops to...