Category: Process

B: 5 Best Writing Exercises

B: 5 Best Writing Exercises

I don’t have any stories whose titles begin with B (which was kind of surprising to me), so today we have a writing tip instead, and since it’s the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo I thought writing exercises would be a good choice.

1. Find a Writing Prompt

Obviously this one’s pretty simple, but there are a couple of different ways it can be used. Continue reading “B: 5 Best Writing Exercises”

Top 5 Tips for Sharing Your Writing

Top 5 Tips for Sharing Your Writing

Last week I talked about whether or not you should share first drafts. This week I’m going to expand on that, in a way, and give you some tips for how to effectively share your work in a way that’s beneficial to you and easy for the readers you’re sharing with. And this applies to any stage of the writing process (until you’re published, of course), not just first drafts.

0.5. Know Why You’re Sharing

This is the first step. Continue reading “Top 5 Tips for Sharing Your Writing”

Sharing First Drafts: Yea or Nay?

Sharing First Drafts: Yea or Nay?

First drafts are rough things. Sometimes they’re wonderful and you adore writing them, other times you nitpick over every word, and sometimes you start writing and realize they’re crap and don’t deserve to be written. (We’re not talking about that last kind at the moment.) The question is, should we share these with others or keep these special babies to ourselves until they’re polished?

For newer writers, I’d suggest Continue reading “Sharing First Drafts: Yea or Nay?”

My Top 5 Tips for New Writers

My Top 5 Tips for New Writers

When I think back to my early writing – the really early stuff, back when I thought that five pages was long enough to be a novel – I see a gigantic mess. Flat characters, rushed plots, things that little seven-year-old me didn’t think through that are now really creepy (like the fact that one of my characters accidentally had two wives), and fairytale romances. I have a document of those old stories and titled it “The Cheese Factory.”

I can’t save you from cheesy stories or flat characters – and honestly you’ll run into those through your entire writing career Continue reading “My Top 5 Tips for New Writers”