Category: Writers

  • The Pointy Marketing End of Writing Fiction: Old Dog, New Trick

    The Pointy Marketing End of Writing Fiction: Old Dog, New Trick

    No big secret that I’m working hard on making my fiction a full-time paying gig again — my objective is to earn 50% of my income from fiction, with the other 50% coming from my writing classes. Fiction has been shoved over in a corner for years, because, well — writing good nonfiction is about…

  • The Emerald Sun: Lost some time to the world

    The Emerald Sun: Lost some time to the world

    I got 879 words today — not the 1500 I’d planned. But Genna found herself at the end of the world, and it took me a while to figure out how to get that part of the scene right. The dragon and his many voices has rejoined the party, and the cat had a terrible…

  • Dead Man’s Party: How’d you like your brain sanded, writer…?

    Dead Man’s Party: How’d you like your brain sanded, writer…?

    This morning I rolled into work pretty sure I knew what I was going to do. And hit my novel of the day, Dead Man’s Party, with a sort of “Have not had my coffee yet, but I’ll get this anyway” focus. Read my short description of the chapter I’d scheduled to write, and realized several…

  • The Wishbone Conspiracy: Yesterday and today

    The Wishbone Conspiracy: Yesterday and today

    Yesterday, a couple things went wrong. First, the writing dragged because I didn’t know where the novel was going. I made it up to 21,843 words — so it wasn’t a complete wreck. But it was not that flowing, flying race against the timer that is so fun. Second, I chose to get sidetracked figuring…

  • The Emerald Sun:  When in doubt… CLIFF

    The Emerald Sun: When in doubt… CLIFF

    The scene I’d had outlined to write today looked boring in the light of dawn. So I looked at the NEXT scene I was going to write, and asked myself, “What is the most interesting way I could get myself to that scene… And discovered that Genna was going to find a cliff. Not just any…

  • The Emerald Sun: Banris the Flea wins a battle

    The Emerald Sun: Banris the Flea wins a battle

    Genna, the cat, Doyati, Yarri, and Dan are in the right place at the right time to see a human army winning their war against Banris… until they aren’t. I had to spend about half an hour setting up my Scrivener file for the new deadlines and writing objectives I’m now working toward — more…

  • Dead Man’s Party — and Fiction as the Day Job again…

    Dead Man’s Party — and Fiction as the Day Job again…

    Got 1515+ words this morning on Dead Man’s Party, in a smidge under an hour. Also built my work process for getting a LOT more fiction done, and spending the first two to three hours of every weekday on that. My daughter Becca is going to modify the process I came up with (after some…

  • The Wishbone Conspiracy: 2000 words and intrigue

    The Wishbone Conspiracy: 2000 words and intrigue

    As of right now, I’m 21,525 words into The Wishbone Conspiracy,  and making good progress. Not having a great day otherwise, but my daughter and I got to write together for a couple hours and hit our word counts. And the story tied itself in more tightly with the little secret story I’m hinting at in…

  • Rediscovered Worldbuilding Workshop: Holidays in Hell and Other Delights

    Rediscovered Worldbuilding Workshop: Holidays in Hell and Other Delights

    I was doing a BIG search on my hard drive for something I’d previously written about Tangerine, who was a minor character in Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood  who became a major character in the current novel, The Wishbone Conspiracy (for which as I blog this, I have not yet gotten my full complement of words for the…

  • The Emerald Sun: Chasing the unknown

    The Emerald Sun: Chasing the unknown

    Today was a tougher day from the storytelling perspective. I don’t actually know what Genna and Dan and Yarri and Doyati and the cat are going to find. They’re running west, and something is waiting, and because of the way my Muse works, I’m going to see it when they see it, and not before.…