This Year You Write Your Novel

Here’s a bit of writer's advice by multiple award-winning author Walter Mosley from his 2007 book on writing, This Year You Write Your Novel, published by Little, Brown and Company.  An excerpt from the first chapter follows. The General Disciplines That Every Writer Needs Writing every day The first thing you have to know about writing [...]

Trying to Write as a Pantser | Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon A Thompson

I’m a pantser for the first time.

What’s a pantser? Someone who writes a book with no plan, as opposed to a plotter, who, you know, plots.

Normally, I plot like crazy. I have plots for my plots. (Also known as subplots.) And though I almost always deviate from my original plans, I always have a plan. But lately, I was feeling a little bogged down by all that planning. I yearned for adventure. For mystery. For absolute chaos. Like a road trip with no destination ahead. Just me and the road and whatever will happen.

So, I decided my first book of 2017 would be written in perfect pantser style, full speed ahead.

I’m not going to lie, I thought I would crash and burn. In fact, I expected to. But that wasn’t the case. Let me explain the differences by comparing my normal plotter ways and my current…

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How To Make 2017 Your Best Writing Year In 5 Easy Steps — All About Writing and more

We made it. We got through the dumpster fire that was 2016 and finally reached 2017. With each new year comes new year resolutions, but if you’re like me, most years your resolutions don’t last more than 30 days. At the start of 2016 I wanted what most people want: to exercise, eat healthier, sleep […] [...]

Quote | Clive Barker on Characters

This week I've found a poignant quote from another writer I've looked up to since I started writing in the mid-90s, someone's whose imagination and vision I greatly admire. Like Anne Rice from a few weeks back, Clive Barker is another fellow Libra. This quote comes from an old interview I stumbled across that was conducted [...]

Writing Advice from Neil Gaiman

This has made the rounds to various web places over the years, most notably in an article at The Guardian. 8 Rules for Writers by Neil Gaiman 1 Write. 2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. 3 Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. 4 [...]

Quote: Anne Rice on Being Aware of the Reader

A double-shot of Mrs. Rice today. Not long after posting an older quote from her earlier today regarding being a writer, I stumbled across this quote from her on her Facebook page today. "For me the reader is all important. I’m really a popular writer; I believe in being for the people — that’s what [...]

Quote: Anne Rice on Being a Writer

Anne Rice is one of those authors whose fiction work I don't read much of, but yet I read a great deal of interviews, advice pieces and watch videos of her talking. She's always so very sharp, deep-thinking and astute. Like Clive Barker, she's a fellow Libra too. Anyway, this bit of writerly advice is [...]