Adventures in Writing

Observations of a part-time writer, full-time character

  • Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016

    Tags: writing

    So much to do still, but I'm going to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference this weekend. Looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things, and hoping to have a few pitching opportunities. more

  • The cutting continues

    Tags: writing, editing

    Just 2 days ago I finally made my new cutting goal--under 90K. This is what a veteran literary agent told me was the upper end of the sweet spot for debut YA fantasy.

    So now it's back to submissions, … more

  • Writing Software

    Tags: writing software, Scrivener, Scapple, Microsoft Word

    I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on writing software. Whether you've been writing for months or decades, you have no doubt already developed an opinion about what you are currently using, … more

  • The Fire in Fiction

    Tags: writing, style

    Over the holidays (give or take) I read a terrific book and wanted to give it a shout-out: The Fire in Fiction. I'd had this on my wish list for a couple years and finally got it for my birthday. The … more

  • Post-November Blues

    Tags: writing, NaNoWriMo, editing

    Now that November is over, did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Did you skip it? Or did you write/edit your usual way, as I did?

    During NaNoWriMo, I recall some people mentioning how what they were … more

  • Cutting tools

    Tags: writing, editing, word count

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I was engaged in the serious work of cutting my novel down to size. In fact, I reached my goal yesterday, and am now a little under 100K (update: see also my next … more

  • Death of a thousand cuts

    Tags: writing, editing, word count, NaNoWriMo

    It's ironic that this month, while so many others are doing NaNoWriMo, I'm focusing on reducing word count, just to get down into the range that agents will feel more comfortable with. I wish I knew … more

  • The Value of NaNoWriMo

    Tags: NaNoWriMo

    I hope you don't hate me for not doing NaNoWriMo. But I wanted to follow up on that post, because accusing people of being sheep isn't exactly professional.

    What I think you should think about is … more

  • How do I find time to write?

    Tags: writing, scheduling

    A common problem aspiring authors such as myself have is how to schedule in our writing. Many of the reasons are common; see if any of these apply to you:

    I have a full-time job and I'm wiped out … more