You Must Find Joy in the Work Itself

Thank you, Marie Ann Bailey, for sharing this timely essay. I figured some of you would find solace in parts of this. As someone easily overwhelmed (something I’ll talk about in a future post and what I’m doing about it), there are good reminders here: writing is not a race and perseverance makes all the difference. A letter to beginning …

Wallace Griffin
The Story Iceberg

Who are You?

Hello friends, It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed parts of my writing process, so I thought I’d share my latest slice ‘o’ writing life. After putting down nearly 10,000 new words on the second (or so) incarnation of Wolf’s Tail, I began to feel a nagging sense of dissatisfaction. While there were improvements over the last iteration, I just didn’t feel the story was all it …

Nitty Gritty
Okami Scapple

Let's Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

I never used to do this, but whenever I’m hesitant to write, I try to peel off that top layer of procrastination to get at the core. I’m sure that’s part of my growth as a writer. Anyway, more times than not, the hesitation comes from the fact that I don’t feel I know enough to write effectively. The common …

Weekly Recap – January 10th, 2014

My first Weekly Recap of the New Year. I don’t have much to share that I haven’t already, and you guys know the usual tune — work, writing, work, gaming, writing, sleep. I’ll hopefully have some exciting news around the end of this month/beginning of next, but other than that, all is quiet on the Western front. I’ll be spending …

Weekly Recap – October 11th, 2013

Fighting a creeping sore throat. The honey tea helps, but after a few mugs, my stomach refuses any more. Other than that, I can’t complain about much this week. I crossed the 30,000 word mark on Wolf’s Tail last night. I think I’m discovering that I’m a filler-inner versus a cutter-outer. Where many writers find themselves with bug crushers, my first draft …

What's the Plan Again?

I’ve talked about James Scott Bell’s LOCK system before and how it’s a fantastic way to plan your story from the 30,000-foot level (or 9,144-metre level for my foreign friends who turn their noses up at the Imperials). Let’s say you’ve spent a considerable amount of time putting your story summary together. With that behind you, you then get sucked into …

I'm not Good Enough

Is your writing ever paralyzed by that statement? I know it’s gotten me sometimes. All it takes is picking up a book you love and reading for a few minutes. Soon, you’ll be saying to yourself, “That settles it. No writing for me today! There’s no way I can match that, let alone improve on it. Find my own voice? …