After finishing my third book late last year, I thought I had my writing method down. On the plotter-pantser scale, I was one notch away from full pantser. I liked to have a basic plot ready in my head and maybe some additional details for the first third of the book, but otherwise, I liked… Continue reading When your writing process evolves
A new idea hit me in the other day. It came out of nowhere. I wasn’t looking for a new idea–quite the opposite, in fact. I’ve only just started on a book. I don’t need a Shiny New Idea to tempt me away from it. Yet there it was. It started with an image that… Continue reading Ideas begin with questions
For the past few years, I’ve read primarily YA, so I’m pretty confident in my ability to write and discuss YA. Since I’m working on my first middle grade novel, I want to read more MG so I’m better versed in it. I stopped at the library the other day and picked up a few… … Continue reading Middle grade reading list
I have, at long last, starting writing my middle grade fantasy, henceforth to be known by the alias Wings. I am 4,500 words into it, but don’t get excited for me. It’s not uncommon for me to scrap the first 10k of a project and start it over. Since I haven’t written a first draft in… Continue reading The lifeless first draft
In early January 2015, I wrote a post called “Timeline of my novel’s first draft,” which detailed, as you might guess, the timeline of my novel’s first draft. That novel was TSS, the YA fantasy that I’ve finally polished up. Here’s the full timeline for how long it took to write and revise a good… Continue reading Timeline of a polished draft
Why is it that we always want what we can’t have? Whatever stage of writing I’m in (brainstorming, drafting, revising, etc.), I always think I’ll be happier once I move on to the next one. It was a long haul with TSS (16+ months), but the book is DONE. Drafted, revised, rewritten, revised, polished, DONE. The… Continue reading What’s next?
Yesterday, I printed out draft 5 of my book (TSS). Because of this, I was cleaning out the binder I use for this project so I could make room for the manuscript. I had a binder full of notes. For the first time in months, I flipped through pages upon pages of jottings on looseleaf… Continue reading Each manuscript is its own beast