Learning a new trick: Plotting

Up until now, I've been a one trick pony. Write. Well, and hope. Hope that it's a good story. Hope I can figure out how to make people like it. Hope it flows well. Hope it checks all the boxes. My lovely writing mentor (whose name shall remain secret so that y'all don't try to … Continue reading Learning a new trick: Plotting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Hey! Thanks for joining me for the next section of Pantsing Fantasy. Today, I want to dig into characters a bit. Characters are the reason anyone gives a crap about your book. If your readers don't feel connected or invested in your characters, it's going to be hard for them to enjoy the book and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

These blog post titles are SO boring, aren't they? Oh well, I've always been function over fashion anyway. For a few weeks, I want to dive into how to generate or shape basic ideas into stories in a way that doesn't involve outlines or planning or any sort of additional forethought. Just sitting down and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

I've never been shy about sharing that I'm a pantser. That's how I write - totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn't do well.). I don't plot. I don't know how I'm going to get from this scene to the next one or … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

Pantsing a Novel: Alpha Readers

Ahhhh, alpha readers. They really are the bread and butter of the writing show, aren't they? Okay, maybe not, but they are still super important! Honestly, any time you can get someone to willingly invest their time into reading your novel, call that a win! Yesterday, I made a bunch of promises for this blog … Continue reading Pantsing a Novel: Alpha Readers

Pantsing a Novel: Editing

Yesterday, I shared with you my process of editing. Or at least a proposed process that I've decided on based upon my previous editing experiences. I'll start here by talking about what editing a pantsed novel is and what it isn't. To begin, editing a pantsed novel is not a minor project. Because you've been … Continue reading Pantsing a Novel: Editing

Pantsing a Novel: Using Community to Overcome our Walls

Hey friends! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's video because I have all kinds of great things to share about how we can use community to overcome hitting the wall. I firmly believe that writing (and life in general) cannot be improved without community. If we write inside a bubble, it never gets better and if … Continue reading Pantsing a Novel: Using Community to Overcome our Walls