4 Things to Hang Over Your Writing-Space

We all need inspiration, especially when we’re neck-deep in our manuscripts. I’m in that situation right now, trying to pick up momentum, kick myself into gear. So I do the only reasonable thing: I procrastinate making pretty pictures! 😛 Seriously, though. The following are things I absolutely believe in, things which always help me overcome inertia, self-doubt, and the endless slewContinue reading “4 Things to Hang Over Your Writing-Space”

Writing out of sequence – The best way to write

There are essentially two ways in which you can draft a longer work of fiction: You can draft it linearly, in the same way a reader would read it, writing chapters in their logical order. Or you can draft it out of sequence, jumping forward and back, to: write all chapters related to a specific sub-plot inContinue reading “Writing out of sequence – The best way to write”

THE EGGSHELL HERO – How to build a story upon a dramatic character arc

All good stories must have a plot — a sequence of events that is logical, inevitable, and relentlessly propells the story (and reader) forward. Mostly, the plot is external action. But sometimes—and literary writers will nod vigurously here—the plot is internal, and barely accompanied by grand outward action. Instead, it’s made of incremental revelations, decisions, and reflections, allContinue reading “THE EGGSHELL HERO – How to build a story upon a dramatic character arc”