Making Outlining Work for Pantsers

If you are a Pantser, meaning you write new things by the seat of your pants, having an outline won’t always work. You may feel after writing one that once you know where the story is going it has lost its spark. Writing becomes dull and scripted. Writing for each step ends up arduous. Yet…

Death of a Muse

Detective Hawk reached a gloved hand to the light switch. In the moment before the room was bathed in light, she braced herself for a scene of unknowable atrocity. It was not difficult to kill a muse, they are quite delicate, but at times the results can be quite macabre. click She squinted. Stark reality…

Critique Circle

I wanted to take a moment to talk up a great website called Critique Circle. It’s where authors submit their works in progress for review and critique. In order to submit you have to critique other works. This site is monitored for trolls, those that don’t play by the rules. I have not had any…

Q is for Query Letter

When your book is ready (after edits and beta readers and rewrites), it’s time to seek out an agent if you are going the traditional publishing route. Agents don’t want your full manuscript, they prefer a nice, well-written letter explaining what you have for them and what you bring to the table. A query letter…

Writing Resolutions

1. Finish what You start I have way too many little starts. Little starts are good. But finishing a story feels soooo good. I also have starts on editing multiple projects. Those need finished. If you have little starts, prompts, a character talking to you in your head, a vivid dream, write it down. Flesh…

Time Machine

After months of walking, surviving, fighting off beasts, eating only things I saw other creatures eating, and building a hut and a fire, I have given up hope that humankind survived. Putting together a rough signal transmitter from the parts in my time machine, I wait here, the latitude and longitude beeping out endlessly into…