First Draft Deceptions

I get it. Words are deceptively hard. There's so much that no one tells you about getting that first draft written, and trying to learn the craft while writing a novel is soul-crushing. I've been writing for over ten years, and during that time, I've come across a lot of different people who are ultimately failing themselves …

Three Tips to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Like a Boss

For those of you just tuning in, November is the National Novel Writing Month, and if you were thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I have some pretty good tips on how to prepare yourself for success. I have no small amount of knowledge of NaNoWriMo, because for about three years, I participated in …

How to Estimate How Long a Project Will Take

It's #Preptober for #NaNoWriMo and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about project management. I think it's important in light of the National Novel Writing Month that we all know how to objectively plan how to work on our projects every day. Once you figure out a few key things about your writing habits and capabilities, planning out how long it will take you to complete any given project will be only too easy.

How to Find Time to Write When You Still Have a Day Job

If you've been along to the blog by now, you'll probably know that I have a full-time day job that I do in addition to my writing, because I simply can’t afford to stay at home all day. I wish.  When I was first starting out, I would read all these respected authors and their …

My Own Pomodoro Technique that Works [Pomodoro Series: Part Two]

Last time I talked about the Pomodoro technique and why it utterly failed for me. If you missed the post, go check it out. No seriously. Go. In the briefest recap ever, I loved the idea of Pomodoro and kept attempting it over and over without success, then I assessed why I kept failing so hard …

Why the Pomodoro Technique Didn’t Work for Me [Pomodoro Series: Part One]

Everyone's heard of the Pomodoro Technique by now, right? RIGHT? I wanted to continue our discussion on using our time wisely, and I wanted to talk a little bit about the Pomodoro Technique because it is an important tool for task management big and small. I have to tell you that the moment I heard of this, …

The Formula for Writing a Best-Selling Novel

There is a formula for writing novels. Many of them, in fact. You can look up tons of them on the internet. One that particularly comes to mind is the “Hero’s Journey.” In 12 easy steps, we see the normal person gets thrown into an alternate reality, struggles and must cope with this new state …