I've read the phrase 'killing your darlings' quite a bit lately. For writing, it basically means you often have to get rid of your favorite things to make something work. The thing is, the phrase itself doesn't really work for me. The word 'darling' feels a little archaic. And I don't really feel like I … Continue reading Killing Your Darlings or Saving Your Favorites
I am nearing 30,000 words on my novel draft. Slowly getting there. But for the last week or so, I have been climbing a different hill. I have been reading a lot of material on how to improve my writing. One of the websites I found in my wanderings is called The Write Practice. On … Continue reading Waylaid On Novel Mountain
Do you have a writing project that you want to avoid? Well the best way to avoid your current project is to work on things that you can rationalize to yourself as contributing to your writing long-term. You probably won't even have to be intentional about coming up with these other things to work on, … Continue reading How to Avoid Writing
I feel stuck today. I just finished the beginning hook of my novel, so I am about 25% through. In true form of starting the middle of a book, I immediately feel like I am slogging through a swamp. Jim Butcher calls it the Swampy Middle.
Yesterday was the first major uphill climb in my trek up novel mountain. Ran into a scene in my outline that was just crazy hard to write. I figured out the scene was boring by using some advice from the book 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron. What Aaron says is that if a scene … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 7
I stand at the metaphorical trail head of novel mountain. I have done all the prep. I have all my gear. But I look up at the peak of the mountain and a string of curses runs through my mind. This mountain is too ambitious. I probably can't make it to the top. I probably … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 1