Monthly Archives: August 2015

You Might as Well Plot It

You Might as Well Plot It I admit it, before I hated outlining what I was going to write. Sometimes I still do. The reason is because as we write we come to the understanding that we typically flow away from the outline even if it does give us some sense of where we are going […]

Planning a Writing Retreat

It started out as just an idea to go stay in a cabin in the mountains or at the lake to get some writing done. From there, it evolved into our writing retreat. My two friends and I always talked about staying in a place to do this, but it had just been talk for […]

5 Friendly Places to Get Your Writing Done

Sometimes with all of the hustle and bustle going on with life and all of the household chores that I constantly find myself doing, I have to say enough is enough and drag my butt out of the house to a different spot to write. As easy as that may sound as you picture yourself […]

Guest Blog: Know Your Character Deeply in One Step: The Backdoor

Know Your Character Deeply in One Step: The Backdoor. This is an excellent blog post for those hard to get at characters that really need your attention. Check it out! Even if you think you have your character all figured out, this may surprise you. Take a look at theme, motivation, and ask yourself ‘why?’ […]

TTWA: Writing an Emergency Room Visit for your Character

Writers are always told to write from experience, because that is where our best writing comes from, and that’s true. If we’ve ever lost someone that we love, it is easier for us to put that pain and healing onto the page for our beloved character. If we’ve ever won something or achieved something that […]

6 Easy Ways to Find Great Writing Ideas

I’ve been to a lot of different book talks or author discussions and one of the most common questions that I’ve noticed that people ask is the “Where do you get your ideas?” whopper. But this isn’t really a bad question, is it? You want to write but you just can’t think of the right idea […]