Time Management Suggestions

Pinpoint Underlying Issues. If you've always wanted to write and aren't doing it, invest some thought in figuring out the source of your writer's block. Is it a fear of failure, a longstanding tendency to procrastinate, or something as simple as a lack of writing space? If it's not immediately obvious what the block is, spend some … Continue reading Time Management Suggestions

Character Outlines

If you're having a hard time figuring out the voice of your character and fleshing out his or her personality, try outline brainstorming. Complete the following information, but write it as if you are that character.   Immediate Family (complete for each character):  What are the names, ages, and birthdays of your family members? Are … Continue reading Character Outlines

Points of View

Taken from http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/crafttechnique/a/pointofview.htm Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. We may choose to tell our story in first person, using "I" or "we"; third person ("he," "she," "it"), which can be limited or omniscient; or second person, "you," the least common point of view. As a writer, you must think strategically to choose … Continue reading Points of View

Tending My Craft: A List of Resources that Root My Writing

Many who know me know that I love talking and writing about writing just about as much as I enjoy writing my stories (sometimes more). I love to critique and I love to discuss critiques and provide resources that I've found valuable that I hope will give support and direction to other writers. So, here … Continue reading Tending My Craft: A List of Resources that Root My Writing

“The Manuscript Factory” by L. Ron Hubbard

Currently, I'm reading Writers of the Future, Volume 29. In it, Dave Farland included L. Ron Hubbard's article titled, "The Manuscript Factory." In this article, he discusses writing in business terms, which I'm only beginning to comprehend. I found the article so interesting that I wanted to write up a report on it to share … Continue reading “The Manuscript Factory” by L. Ron Hubbard

WOTF Tips and Tricks (What I learned from analyzing other people’s stories by their results)

I submitted to the Writers of the Future contest a total of five times. Vol. 33: Q3 - R; Q4 - R (rewrite of previous submission) Vol. 34: Q1 - R (new story); Q2 - Second Place (rewrite of submission from vol. 33, q's 1&2); Q3 - HM (accidentally submitted under a different name arrangement … Continue reading WOTF Tips and Tricks (What I learned from analyzing other people’s stories by their results)