I spent this past weekend at the wonderful Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. (It’s a really amazing place, and you should check it out if you get the chance.) After hanging out with dinosaurs and butterflies and re-learning how awesome physics is, I popped into the Planetarium for a show about… well, planets. I … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Expectations
In the spirit of the incredible and unfortunate circumstances in which I currently find myself, today I’d like to talk about decisions. Specifically, how making decisions (and rolling with them) can be a major help to authors trying to get through their first book. Hell, this might even apply to those trying to get through … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Just Make Decisions
This Writer Wednesday is a super-special one! Today is the start of NaNoWriMo! Ahhh! If you got too caught up in binging Stranger Things 2 or watching the World Series, don’t worry. I have a four part NaNo prep series that can help you out. Here are the links to: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. If you’ve … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: NaNo, Day 1!
Uuuuugh. That’s the sound I make right after I say, “Okay! Time to get to work for the day!” To my benefit, my amazing girlfriend is usually ready with a tiny pep-talk. She reminds me that I have things to do, and that those things won’t get done if… well, I don’t do them. No one else … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Laziness and Distraction
Not caught up? No problem! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Hello again, my fellow storytellers! (Storytellows?) We’re starting up this week with the final part in my PlaNoWriMo series, where I aim to break up the mystique surrounding writing a book! This series is for anyone who’s interested in writing a book, but is especially targeted at those … Continue reading PlaNoWriMo Series (4/4)–Finish the Damn Thing
Who tells your stories, dear storyteller? Have you ever thought about it? Are you like a biblical apostle, your fingers moving at the command of your characters? Do you wait for someone else to give you the words for that blank, white page? Yesterday, I spent a portion of the afternoon crafting a short story for a … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Narration
Despite what lots of people might say, there’s a distinct difference between objective and subjective truths. As writers, it’s important that we remember this. Why? Well, for one, your writing is mostly going to center around the observations of a character. What they see and sense, what they think, and what they feel. Almost all … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Observations
Welcome back to my PlaNoWriMo series! Throughout this four-part series, I’ll be providing all my preparation, outlining, and construction methods for my NaNo novel: Reclamation. I’m super excited for this series, and for NaNoWriMo! I’m doing this series to inspire would-be authors that just don’t know where to start, and to hopefully destroy the mystique surrounding … Continue reading PlaNoWriMo Series 2/4: What’s This About?
I have often heard it said that the brain is a muscle, and that it should be exercised regularly. I know it’s not technically a muscle, but there’s truth to the adage. The less you utilize your creativity, the less creative you become. The less you utilize your rationality, the less rational you become. For writers, this … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Warming Up