Improving My Craft

Writers of the Future Workshop Week Wrap-Up: Part 1

I have been home from Hollywood for almost two weeks now, but I'm still struggling to get my feet on the ground. Between jet lag, a nasty case of food poisoning the day after I got home, and general exhaustion, it's been a tiring few days. I'm still processing all the information I learned in… Continue reading Writers of the Future Workshop Week Wrap-Up: Part 1

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Improving My Craft

Goals vs. Resolutions: What I intend to accomplish in 2017

I don't like New Year's Resolutions. The first week of January, the gyms are full, the parks are crowded with joggers, and the self-help section of the book store is buzzing with activity. ¬†Resolutions tend to last about a month before they fade into the past and are forgotten. On the other hand, I love… Continue reading Goals vs. Resolutions: What I intend to accomplish in 2017

Improving My Craft

30 Stories in 30 Days: At the Halfway Mark

I've just wrapped up my 15th story, which means I'm halfway through my 30 stories in 30 days challenge. Some stories, I think, have real promise. Or at least they will once I clean them up. Others aren't so great, but they have the seeds of something else. Still others are just plain awful. Technically,… Continue reading 30 Stories in 30 Days: At the Halfway Mark

Improving My Craft

World Building, Outlining, and Fixing What’s Broken

I'm a new enough writer that the idea of "do what works for you" makes my eyes go blank and my jaw start to sag. I don't know what works for me. Does flying by the seat of my pants (a.k.a. pantsing) work best? How about outlining? What kind of outlining? How detailed is too… Continue reading World Building, Outlining, and Fixing What’s Broken