Making a good story is a lot like making a good soup. You have to have the right ingredients to get things started. However, when it comes to mixing it together, everyone has a different approach. You may be the type to measure every pinch of salt or throw it all in the mix until … Continue reading First Draft Soup
Although the NaNoWriMo challenge is a good start, it doesn’t fully develop a good writing habit. That is, if a writing habit can be considered a “good” habit… I’ll leave it open for interpretation. Research has shown that it takes at least 2 months to develop a habit. So while the event tries to push you to write every day, it only does so for half of the time needed. Let me suggest 3 things to motivate you to becoming a habitual writer.
I stumbled into doing freelance writing from meeting some of the Harsh Realities guys at a gaming convention. I had an interest in doing freelance work and getting published. After a few emails, I was able to start generating content, and now I am one of the lead writers for Elfwood. The following guest post … Continue reading Tabletop RPG Writing – Part 2 – by Joe DeMarco
The player’s fate, in essence the fate of the story, and the world within it are in the hands of imagination's roll and the roll of a dice. This is the realm of role playing games.
Food eaten, Facebook notifications cleared, messages from mom read, and nearby Pokemon caught... Only 15 minutes left on my lunch break! What to do? What to do? Why not grab a nice flash fiction story to pass the time? I know you may have a few questions about this style of writing so I’ve decided … Continue reading Flash Fiction FAQs
October (aka #NaNoPrepMo) has arrived! Stores are selling their pumpkin spice and clearance Christmas items, while we writers have #NaNoWriMo on the horizon. Which means we should dust off the keyboards and practice our finger yoga for the upcoming challenge. That’s right: 50,000 words, 1 month, gallons of coffee. If you have not signed up already, go to nanowrimo.org … Continue reading #NaNoWriMo 2016 Preparations
So you’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo and want to breach the 50k mark? Do you have what it takes? I did not my first year. I figured 50k words would be so easy that I could do it by writing an epic poem in 50k words during the month of November; when Thanksgiving and … Continue reading 15 Tips for #NaNoWriMo 2015 (or How I Broke 75k)
Strange noises erupt from the black device convulsing on my desk. I try to ignore my inner voice, but it nags at me. What if it is someone important? I grasp the sleek technology and press a button. In an instant, I am whisked away to a world of knowledge, entertainment, and social media. I … Continue reading Distractions Bugging You? Get Your Organic Spray Here*
This past month flew by with writing competitions, renaissance festivals, new job opportunities, and packing. If not for an invaluable tool I use on my writing belt, I would have failed to meet the deadline for a writing competition (see: 5 ways to kill that Deadline). The number of outlines available may come close to the … Continue reading “Save the Cat” Beat Sheet
“The bad news is, time flies. The good new is, you're the pilot.” ~Michael Althsuler While attending a writing convention to improve my craft, another author gave some amazing advice. They said we each have the same 24 hours in a day. There is no magical spell that allows writers to have extra time to … Continue reading 5 Ways to Kill that Deadline