I’m now more than a third of the way through the draft, and I’m right on target with both the word count and the story. The line-for-scene outline holds. The plot is tight, the action is tense, and I had a hard time stopping, because while I know GENERALLY what happens next, I won’t know… Continue reading Another fine writing day being mean to my characters
Writer-Related Stuff… The Thursday List, and why it’s on hold.
I was building a really nice writing-tips email list for my writers. Every Thursday, (or mostly every Thursday), I was creating one new writing tip, answering a writer’s question, demonstrating a quick version of some technique I’ve found helpful… And then the HollysWritingClasses.com class software died. Hard. And we spent six months installing new software,… Continue reading Writer-Related Stuff… The Thursday List, and why it’s on hold.
Still building the website… Asking for help from HTTS students…
Most of the classes are built, but there’s this series of “Quick-Fix” bonuses I was building for How to Think Sideways before the site software broke (and then hurricane… and hurricane… and then we moved, and my programmer moved on, and I got kind of buried in stuff)… …that I’m having a helluva time finding.… Continue reading Still building the website… Asking for help from HTTS students…
6:47 AM – Finishing Ohio 4, starting Ohio 5, while building the new HollysWritingClasses.com site
SO… My website over on HollysWritingClasses.com is undergoing a massive overhaul (complete site rebuild). And I anticipated the process taking FOUR months. Turns out… it’s probably not anything like that. My amazing community moderators over there have already finished building all the classrooms in the new software, and getting all the class materials into them… Continue reading 6:47 AM – Finishing Ohio 4, starting Ohio 5, while building the new HollysWritingClasses.com site
Getting ready to start the Line-For-Scene Outline of Ohio 4
In the little image above, you can see the blue-outlined box with OH-3 CUR1stD in the middle. Below it, a gray box with a blue text icon and Ohio #1-4. Enigmatic, maybe, and not very informative. Until you see them in context and understand what a big deal this is. If you’re a non-nerd reader… Continue reading Getting ready to start the Line-For-Scene Outline of Ohio 4
Great Ohio words (1264) and Summer of Writing Fiction 2021 goes live today! SOFW DAY 1
Last week, the story hit some pretty rocky shoals, and I had to do a lot of backing and filling. Today… none of that. The backing and filling left me in a really good spot, and I found my characters and the conflict today the second I sat down, did a scene that started in… Continue reading Great Ohio words (1264) and Summer of Writing Fiction 2021 goes live today! SOFW DAY 1
The past visits my main character’s present, and she meets a piece of her father. 1297 words, 15,501 total
I’m still ahead of my target completion date for finishing the first draft, though I’m only gaining ground in little bites. Little bites, though, are repeatable — and a lot more fun than running up against “to hit my deadline, today I have to write 10,000 words.” I’ve done that before. It’s an exercise in… Continue reading The past visits my main character’s present, and she meets a piece of her father. 1297 words, 15,501 total
First the time, then the weather. THEN the words.
THE TIME This morning, I dreamed a digital clock, which showed me 7:31. I woke up. Immediately checked the time. It was actually 7:41. My brain is ten minutes slow…dammit. Anybody still have your copy of The Brand New Human’s User Manual? If you do, could you give me the steps for resetting my brain clock?… Continue reading First the time, then the weather. THEN the words.
The Summer of Fiction Writing EVENT at HollysWritingClasses.com
To help writers beat the summer doldrums, I’m going to be hosting a Summer of Fiction Writing event on HollysWritingClasses.com (HWC). During this three-month writing party, (June 1st – August 31st) folks in the free HCW writers’ community: Will focus on helping newer writers create smaller start-to-finish projects written in the months of June, July,… Continue reading The Summer of Fiction Writing EVENT at HollysWritingClasses.com
Why I shut down my Patreon fundraiser
I’d intended to send a Questions & Answers email to my How to Write a Novel launch list, but that’s going to have to wait.Instead, I did THIS. Closed my “Move out of Florida while writing fiction” fundraiser. Here’s why — it’s this clause in the Patreon Legal Agreement https://www.patreon.com/legal By posting content to Patreon you grant us a… Continue reading Why I shut down my Patreon fundraiser