Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

In the age old discussion of how writers write, people often make a distinction between plotters (people who create an outline prior to writing, also called “architects” by George R. R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame, because they develop blueprints for the finished structure prior to beginning work) and pantsers (people who write “by the seat of their pants”, making it all up as they go along, also called...

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On the Right Track

I spent this past Saturday at a writing seminar taught by Candace Havens and Liz Pelletier. Candace presented her Fast Track writing workshop (write a novel in a month), and Liz presented her three-part Edit Like a Professional workshop.  Both women were friendly and engaging, and they handled lots of questions from the very engaged group. Candace’s Fast Track program turns out to be a version of what I’ve been doing to complete the...

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Writing From the Ground Up

Will you be in or near Catonsville, Maryland on October 26?  Are you working on a novel, or considering writing one?  Are you thinking about joining NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year? Then do I have a workshop for you! Writing from the Ground Up is sponsored by the Maryland Romance Writers (but you don’t have to be a romance author to get something useful out of the class).  The workshop  will walk writers through...

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How to Conduct a Blog Tour

Well, all good things must come to an end…  And so the Darkbeast Release Month Blog Tour has been put to bed.  If you missed any entries and want to see what I had to say, you can find the whole list of Tour Stops on the Morgan Keyes website. I learned a tremendous amount doing my blog tour, and I want to share my insights with those of you who might conduct your own tours in the future.  (I know that not all of you are writers, but you...

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Rules of Writing

Because I’ve always wanted to be one of the cool kids… I think that the last of these rules is *by far* the most important; however, in the spirit of the meme, I give you my ten rules of writing: 1.  Read.  A lot. Read the genre you’re writing in.  Read other genres.  Learn the rules of genres, so that you can apply them, then twist them, then break them.  Understand where giants have walked before...

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