I've run into a storage and sorting problem. The first part is that I have 5 different drafts of my current novel, 'Still Water', and I don't want to throw any of them out but at the same time where do I keep them?!? Beyond that, I have written... 9? 10? novels. 10 if you … Continue reading In Which I Have Written Too Many Novels
A close friend has been talking through my revisions with me on the Ocooch Mountains: Still Water novel. I had come to realize that not having deadlines was hindering me. It was so easy to say 'hey, I don't feel good today, I'll just play Guild Wars instead' instead of buckling down and working on … Continue reading Accountability Deadlines for Still Water
Super short post because of the holiday, but the company who runs 4thewords? I messaged them tearfully to ask if there was any way to recover the words I overwrote. I included the gist of the first line just in case they were able to look. No response. BUT!!! I sat down to use the … Continue reading Huzzah!
I have a sobering post here today. It's entirely my fault. I got sloppy backing up my novel, and it's only pure luck that it wasn't worse. I lost one of the recent scenes I've been working on. Literally a week and a half of working on it, and I didn't bother to back it … Continue reading Let Us Discuss the Importance of Back Ups
I don't show it often, but I have a big white board (it's actually white board vinyl taped to the wall) where I sort out my next writing steps. I let it get a little dated and only updated to show when I finished a How to Revise Your Novel section. Note that this link … Continue reading Sorting My Kanban Board for Revising
I've been following my favorite author on her Facebook page, and one of the things that really impresses me (other than her amazing books and genuine care for her fans) is that she treats her writing like a business. It's not a nine to five - she gets up in the afternoon and works until … Continue reading Treating Writing as a Business
I've started using an online writing tool to up my word count: 4thewords. You can find it here if you want to take a look. Right now I'm outlining, but it forces me to sit down and work on it daily. There's a one month free trial, and after that a month's worth of their … Continue reading Writing Tools: 4TheWords
A lot of the time, when you're writing, you're writing into a void. No one sees your words but you for months and months while you draft and do the first round of revisions. It's lonely. It's hard to see what you have on your hands because you have no distance from it. Is it … Continue reading When You Write, You Write Into a Void
I've started slowly going through my stuff in the basement. You know how it is - you pack to move, move, and then just never get to the last few boxes. No multiply this by ten moves now, and there are QUITE a few boxes that made it into my basement and no further. I … Continue reading What Have I Got in My Boxes?
Are you an author? Forget all the snobby definitions of what you Must Have To Be An Author. If you write, you're an author, and if you write more than once in a blue moon, a writing tracker is a HUGE HELP. For years, I've fumbled along with my excel spreadsheets, constantly breaking them, but … Continue reading Writing Trackers