#preptober number 3: eleven days to go

Welp. I’m prepped. I mean, I can’t think of anything else I need to do aside from “start writing.” I’ve made a scene-by-scene outline. I’ve collected my visuals and notes. I’ve made character worksheets and story circles. I’m ready for it to be November. Only, it’s not November. I do have another project I need…

Preptober #1: Sixteen days to go

Just like there’s no one right way to do Nanowrimo, there’s no one right way to prepare for it. There are checklists, prompts, and worksheets available, but I’ve worked out a method of my own to get ready this year. This year’s Nanowrimo project is my third attempt to write a music-based romance: Continuo, the…

How to Write an Ending That Feels Complete

This essay was originally posted to the Dreamwidth community Get Your Words out on May 27, 2019. Small edits have been made. Endings. Oof. It’s been quite a week for them, hasn’t it? To be honest, I halfway want to just point you all to “Endings Are Not Stoppings” by Chuck Wendig and call it…

Writing a Serial (when you haven’t finished it yet)

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on March 29, 2019. Small edits have been made. I’ll be speaking from my own experience of writing and publishing a serialized novel, Fidele*. I’ll also refer to other well-known series for examples, the Harry Potter series and A Song of Ice…