Writing Craft

Posts on the writing craft, including discussions on POV, plot, structure, description, characterization, etc.

  • Author Insider,  Making Of,  Revision,  Writing,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey – First Chapter Down!

    I’m stoked! Stoked I tell you! This week I finished the first draft of the first chapter of my first novel! I pushed past my inner critic and got it done. I’d been in a bit of a writing funk late summer to early fall when I got a tweet from a reader who had read my story, “The Road to Fjallmark” in Wyngraf Magazine. It was so positive and encouraging and it lit such a fire within me to keep writing. So readers, if you found an author’s work enjoyable, let them know! That positive tweet or message might be just the thing needed to keep them going on…

  • Revision,  Writing Craft

    Revising Isn’t Anything to be Scared Of

    In between a lot of subbing jobs the past two weeks, I hunkered down and wrote, wrote, wrote and I finished the rough draft of my next short story! Now, it is the epitome of Anne Lamott’s “shitty first draft.” There are so many times I wrote something down, knowing it was quite horrible and would need to be completely redone. But when writing this story, I focused on writing as quickly as possible and ignoring my inner critics. I figured I’d try a process where most of the work is done in the revision. I think of watching Bob Ross paint and how at first all you see are…

  • Author Insider,  Making Of,  Voice,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey: Changing Course

    Last week I started working on the first draft of my novel. It’s an adult fantasy with a female protagonist that takes place in a Bronze Age inspired world. I got 1,200 words done and was quite happy with how much I accomplished that day. A few days later I started reading over it and playing with the words, rearranging things – all that typical revision business. As I was doing so, something wasn’t sitting right with me. After much thought, I realized it was a problem with voice. My voice was inconsistent. The parts where I was describing the setting, my voice tended towards the poetic, to the point…

  • Author Insider,  Character Development,  Making Of,  Voice,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey: Making a Voice Journal

    Author and writing coach James Scott Bell has a lot of great advice for newer writers. I’ve watched his Great Courses series on How to Write Best-Selling Fiction (which can be found via Wondrium, Audible, and even in some libraries’ Overdrive offerings) and skimmed through several of his books (The Art of War for Writers, Just Write, and How to Write Dazzling Dialogue), picking out little gems through each of them. One of those little nuggets has to do with developing character voice. Sometimes I pick up books and notice that all of the characters sound the same. I can’t differentiate between the 70-year-old grandma with a love for baking…