Category Archives: Writing

Thoughts, tips and articles on writing.

Good video covering pacing

Ran across this penny-arcade video about story pacing. Yes, it’s from a game design sense, but the same principles apply to novel writing.

Online Pitchapalooza

Just saw the post on the NaNoWriMo blog about the online Pitchapalooza. Just send in your 200-word or less pitch to by February 15th, 2011. Twenty-five pitches will be chosen randomly and critiqued by Arielle and David on their blog, A winner will be chosen on March 1, 2011. The winner will receive […]

First week blahs — how to fix them

I’ve been seeing a few posts and nanomails from folks who find themselves slowing down or blocked from proceeding further with their novels. I think that some of this may be due to inexperience with the novel form. It is not uncommon for people who have written short stories to run into this phenomenon even […]

Finding your writer’s voice

When I attended DucKon 19 this summer (the DuPage County Science Fiction Convention) to participate in its writer’s track, I signed up for a fascinating two hour workshop by noted and talented fantasy and romance author Jennifer Stevenson: Finding your writer’s voice: Fan mail from the future!. I wasn’t sure what the workshop would be […]

Notes from Prep Session Three

Yesterday was our third and final prep workshop for November. Joe Turpin (aka Corrupted Flame) was the host for this session, which focused on Character Development. Many thanks to Joe for a great session! My notes for this session are a bit sketchy because I was the only ML in attendance and had to break […]

All about POV’s – notes from the second prep session

Yesterday was our second preparatory workshop, led by our vibrant Crystal Blount.. We had twenty two people in attendance, not a bad turnout for our first Aurora Public Library event.

Sometimes it is better to tell than to show

Most of the time writers are advised to show, not tell; that is, information should be conveyed to the reader through actions and dialogue and not narration. This io9 article by Charlie Jane Anders shows the exceptions to that rule. Good read.