• Fun,  Tips

    On Points-of-View…

    For some people choosing a Point-of-View and a narrator are super simple. For others…maybe not so much. You have to do what’s best for the story, but you also have to do what’s best for you as writer. If a character in your story is like, “Hey, pick 1st person,” but you’re like, “Um, but somebody else needs to talk too,” find some common ground and marry the two, usually a split 3rd person limited POV. I say this because my thoughts naturally prance around from minute to minute. It’s not impossible for me to focus on just one character for an entire novel, but POVs limited to just one…

  • Tips,  Work-In-Progress

    Love Triangle, Love Diamond

    Every since I read my first love triangle and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted, I’ve hated them with an all consuming fiery passion. Just once I want the character to pick the person I like! The girls always pick the same guy. The “safe” guy, instead of taking the risk with the better match. Or the guy they think they’ll die without instead of the guy who will die without them. Or – and the least dramatic scenario – they pick the first guy because we all know you can only fall in love once ever in your entire life. insert sarcasm here Same old hat, same…

  • Tips,  Writer's Block

    Avoiding Brick Walls & Unraveling Plot Lines

    You just got a great idea! Whoo Hoo! But how do you keep this idea from giving you the worst of headaches along the way or worse, ending up in the graveyard of story ideas never to see the light of day again? These are the Questions you must be able to answer: Who?What?When?Where?HOW?WHY? Why is how and why in all caps? Because they are the questions that will come up repeatedly as you map out the plot either in your head or on paper. When you come to a crossroads or a brick wall in your story, it’s usually one of these two questions that you need to answer…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Tips

    NaNoWriMo

      I was going to make this post about horror movies, but…I changed my mind. Instead I want to talk about NaNoWriMo also known as National Novel Writing Month<————— I got a T-Shirt! I can’t wait to wear it. ^^  50,000 words in on month may seem like a lot. But lets break it down, shall we? That’s approximately 1667 words a day. For me, this translates to just under 2 hours on a good day. Is two hours a days a realistic goal? Yes.Since I’ve been getting up earlier, I have three extra hours built in to every day. So here are some tips on how you can manage…