Setting The Mood to Write

I listened to a podcast about writing (podcasts 85 and 86) recently and the thing that really stuck out to me from her lecture was using behavioral elements to induce writing. Things like using space, triggers, and rewards to stimulate and effect greater chances of writing. It got me to thinking about my triggers to write. I'm … Continue reading Setting The Mood to Write

Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Last week, I shared about how to use short stories to help improve your writing and I shared 5 tips about using word count effectively. I want to dive more into one of those specifically and expand even more on it and that's word count. When I was a younger writer, I had a teacher … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Practice

Short stories aren't only a  genre and craft unto themselves, but they are also a fantastic means to practice new story elements. For example, if you know that your novel needs to have a bit of suspense in it, you can practice writing suspense in short stories. If your novel will take a dark turn, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Practice

Writing Tip: Community

Building on what I talked about last week, community is essential to grow your writing. Why? Others look at your work with a different eye than you do and so can spot problemsWhen we write and then edit our work, it's hard to see problem spots for the simple reason that we don't know what … Continue reading Writing Tip: Community

Writing Tip: Helping Others

The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is.... To help others with theirs. This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer. I … Continue reading Writing Tip: Helping Others