The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Deep story goodness for writers via The Mother of All Cheat Sheets

If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo and are on track to finish the Great American Novel, congratulations. Carry on. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo and there’s no way you’ll give birth to a … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 5 Comments

Part 2 of Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–Why first drafts are always flawed and how to fix them

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are driving themselves nuts (a) trying to write beautiful sentence after beautiful sentence that (b) build upon each other to (c) craft … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 6 Comments

Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–and 8 steps to make it easier

Every year in November, writers around the world attempt something noble and worthwhile: to not just write a novel–the Toughest Writerly Thing A Writer Can Do–but finish the thing in … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 68 Comments

WIP It Good–September 1 to January 1

So I’ve written love letters to editors (The evil secret to ALL WRITING – editing is everything) and taken my red pen to the first page of many novels. Three … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

Six smart steps after #NaNoWriMo

Don’t bother with sending your novel around for beta readers to chew on, editors to edit and proofers to proof. You’ve got 50,000 golden words, right? THEY MUST BE SEEN … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 11 Comments

Do not look upon your #NaNoWriMo word count and despair, for there is hope

Say it’s your first time writing a novel, and you’re a smidge behind. On the 15th of November, you should’ve hit 25,000 words. Do not despair. Also: For those who’ve burned vacation … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 7 Comments

Six easy ways to improve NaNoWriMo

Writer peeps tell me they’re doing NaNoWriMo, which is Esperanto for “I’m trying to write a novel in a single month, and I’m 10k behind already, so I’ve quit my … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 14 Comments