If you want to know how to be a writer, think more about why you want to be a writer. Figure out what drives you to write. Do things that work with your energy, not against it.
Even if you try your hardest to avoid any accidental resemblance to someone you know, the real people you’ve met will show in your writing one way or another.
When you find yourself being distracted by the littlest thing, it stops you from doing something you really want to do. Next thing you know, it’s the end of the day and you’re nowhere near meeting your goal. We all get distracted from time to time. These tips will help you beat distraction and keep it from becoming procrastination.
Well-written stories make both the good guys and bad guys compelling characters. They make your world more immersive for your readers and your characters more fun to root for (or against).
My main struggle with following an outline is that if things don’t feel natural when I’m writing, I get an itchy feeling under my fingernails. I can’t force myself to write through something I know isn’t going to work.
Of the many reasons that contributed to the last-minute decision to attend the 2018 Agile Writers Conference in Richmond, VA, getting the chance to meet Bill Blume was the most exciting. For the longest time, I didn’t realize there was any kind of writing community in Virginia. It wasn’t until I graduated college and movedContinue reading “Bill Blume at AWCon 18: Characters Who Come Alive”
Last night, I went to a conversation with authors Sarah Domet and Jonathan Rabb at The Book Lady Bookstore. The event promoted the paperback release of The Guineveres, Domet’s debut novel. For the umpteenth time, I crowded in with the rest of a gaggle of Savannah’s writing and reading community. Toward the end of theContinue reading “Saying Goodbye: Words of Wisdom from Sarah Domet”
It’s been fun going through the nice and nonsensical comments my peers have left on my short stories over the years. Some are helpful, some are supportive, some are mean and some are just plain funny. They’re a great way to remind my fellow writers — particularly those new to having their work critiqued —Continue reading “Best and Worst of Critique Comments (bonus)”