Ouroboros Style First Drafts: Write. Edit. Repeat

The Ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself…in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros I know the first draft is supposed to be word vomit. The one thing that’s pushed during writing competitions is to just write. No self-editing because self-editing breeds stagnation. … Continue reading Ouroboros Style First Drafts: Write. Edit. Repeat

How I Spent 2013 (Writing… and not Writing)

2014 is still in its infancy and it’s the time of year that everyone (and their dog) looks back to the previous year and outlines their goals for the new year. I didn’t accomplish all my goals for 2013, the ones I started out with fell by with wayside while I finished projects I hadn’t … Continue reading How I Spent 2013 (Writing… and not Writing)

Back on Track

The last few years I’ve been working my way through the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre. Like every genre there is a standard set of tropes that tend to occur in these novels. There’s always star-crossed lovers and there’s usually some sort of murder/conspiracy that the squabbling duo will investigate. These tropes were best encapsulated in … Continue reading Back on Track

Editing Your Work (Keep Clam and Proofread*)

I work with a lot of documents at my job. The documents that I work on have already passed several reviews and have already been edited by professionals – in short, these documents have been looked at closely by a bunch of eyes. I always catch at least one important mistake.  This is true of … Continue reading Editing Your Work (Keep Clam and Proofread*)

Lock v. Idea – A look into Plot and Structure

I’m at the stage with my novel that I’ve started to consider the revision process. I still have a couple chapters to write, but I need start figuring out my next steps.Throughout, I’ve been making document notes in my Scrivener project as to certain plot elements or character changes that occurred when writing. This lead … Continue reading Lock v. Idea – A look into Plot and Structure

100K in 100 Days

So far I’ve already failed one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I had intended to start being more accessible via cellphone, email or messaging. Unfortunately my chintzy hermit-like behaviour has already won out and my cellphone has been starved of power for much too long.   What I have been doing well with is the 100K in … Continue reading 100K in 100 Days

Staying Motivated to Write in 2013

It’s the end of the year and now is the time to start making lists of resolutions. Some will be easy to keep, some will simply never be done (I’m looking at you bitten nails). For me, 2013 will be the year I return to writing. NaNoWriMo kickstarted everything, but now I need to set … Continue reading Staying Motivated to Write in 2013

Life After NaNoWriMo

I found NaNoWriMo to be a bit of a daze. I haven’t had to apply so much discipline and creative thinking since University.  To say I was out of practice would be an understatement. I thought I had handled the month well, but looking back my nerves were shot and my gym time suffered. I’d … Continue reading Life After NaNoWriMo

Character Templates

I wrote fanfiction for years. This made me pretty lazy when it came to character sketching and development. There is nothing easier than taking a character you already know and love and putting them in interesting situations. Writing with already conceptualized characters is like tracing a drawing. There may be some deviation but the goal … Continue reading Character Templates

There’s No Handholding in Writing

The one thing that annoys me about NaNoWriMo is the vocal majority that advertise that they need help. Not just help, but constant hold-holding and confidence boosting. “Help me write this scene”, “Help me make my word count”, “I just want someone to email me everyday”… it just goes on. Most of the forums are … Continue reading There’s No Handholding in Writing