• Agent Hunt,  Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Tips,  Writing World

    That Time I Talked To A Gnat

    When is the last time you spoke to nature? Out loud? The last time I talked to something in nature was a couple of weeks ago. It was to a gnat flying around my computer. I apologized, and then I smashed it to guts with my bare hands. Yes, I am a gnat-catcher. And no, gnat guts do not bother me. But smushed gnats is not the topic of today’s wonderful, awesome post. No, on September 20th, I attended the Second Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee held at MTSU by the resident non-degree writing program MTSU Write, formerly (and I think betterly) known as The Loft. This is…

  • Ideas,  Lists,  Tips,  Writing World

    On Blogger Burnout

    This is something I’ve seen a lot since I started blogging. A writer makes a commitment to blog every single day or only about a certain topic. Then a month later, they’ve fallen off the face of blogosphere. Where did they go? Will we ever see them again? There are a lot reasons for this. Let’s look at few. Blogging takes time. Tis true. And in a typical day, we have stuff to do: writing, reading, cooking, day jobbing, dancing, playing with the guinea pig, sleeping, school. You know, stuff. And blogging can potentially eat away at these other, more important, activities. Sometimes people run out of things to talk…

  • Agent Hunt,  Query Letter,  Tips

    Query Mania!

    To recap: this post is going to cover both the Quantum Query panel at UtopYA Con 2014 and also C.J. Redwine’s Query book. Once again, you can find the book HERE, and info on her Query Workshop by following the link. ^_^ ANYWHO! Onto the panel: Panelists include: C.J. Redwine, J.A. Souders, Trisha Wolfe, and Rachel Harris. One of the tips we were given on how to write a good query is to watch movie trailers and see if we can gather what the story is about from the trailer. I thought that was a really interesting idea! About Queries: The query should cover the first 20 to 30% of the book, be NO LONGER…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Tips

    The Pantsing Plotter

    I’m a big fan of outlines. I think they keep you from getting derailed and help you write faster. But outlines change. Sometimes a lot. And it’s tempting to try and stick to your outlines because you put so much work into them. Enter the Outline-As-You-Go. ^_^ I started doing this by accident about 3 years ago. I was in the middle of a scene, but the next one was burning a hole through my hippocampus. I didn’t want to mess up the scene I was on by rushing through it, and I didn’t want to skip it, so I outlined the next chapter, about a paragraph, right below the scene…

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    On Letting Go

    I’ve talked a few times about how much it sucks when you have to give up on a project and why. Sometimes you let a project go because you start to hate it, it’s causing you nothing but grief, or it just sucks. But sometimes, you have to let a project go that you love. A project that’s worth the headaches. A project that probably doesn’t suck to no end. Sometimes you finish these. Sometimes you don’t. Here is a list to help you know when to let go of something you love, and a few tips on how to get through it. The Whens The timing is all wrong.…