A long time killer of characters, I recently had a revelation. Sometimes — just sometimes, a character deserves to stick around. The trick is knowing when.
I finally reached my goal for draft one this month, with a little over 70,000 words. With draft one in the bag, where does that leave me?
You’ve already met Thomas, the main character from my current WIP (The Tower Project). I thought I would spend a little time introducing some of my other characters over the next couple weeks. Today, allow me to introduce Margot Powell. Margot’s look was inspired by a picture of St. Vincent (Annie Clark), who I’ve sinceContinue reading “Character Aesthetics: Margot”
70,000 words is the goal for my first draft. It’s a carefully chosen word count, a minimum amount of words for my carefully chosen genre. The average number of words in my genre is somewhere around 100,000, so there’s room to expand in my second draft. Hopefully I gain words, and don’t just lose them.Continue reading “The Home Stretch”
Hello, yes, I am not a fan of exercise. There is, however, one form of sprinting I can get behind. What is a writing sprint? A writing sprint is a timed activity in which you write without distractions. Follow that up with a short break, then sprint again. Repeat for as long as you desire.Continue reading “Writer’s Toolbox: Writing Sprints”
Sometimes when I’m stuck I need to get away from the word processor and be creative in another way. Lately, I’ve been making character mood boards or aesthetics!
Does hearing “critique group” make you nervous? Don’t let it! Having critique partners strengthens not just your writing — but your feedback muscle. 😉
Time to turn out your protags pockets, tell me what they’re carrying in the comments!
For as long as I’ve been writing, I’ve been hearing about the importance of having ‘a writing practice’. What the heck does that mean? In short, creating a set of habits that help you put pen to page.