Category: Writing Fiction

  • The Ohio Series: The Kitten and the Scary-ass Basement  – FRIDAY SNIPPET

    The Ohio Series: The Kitten and the Scary-ass Basement – FRIDAY SNIPPET

    This has been a fantastic writing week. In the three days I could work on it, I got well over my 6000 planned words, and am closing on the midpoint of the novel. But more that that, this has been remarkable fun to write. I’ve been using processes I came up with to simplify novel-writing…

  • The Ohio Series: 2667 words, and SOFW Goals

    The Ohio Series: 2667 words, and SOFW Goals

    Summer of Fiction Writing stuff first. I didn’t realize until this morning when I went it to check them that I’d forgotten to write down all steps of my clear goals. So the first thing I did this morning was that. They’re on the forum, but I’m reposting them here as well. My Summer of…

  • The Ohio Series: Neighbors and Secrets

    The Ohio Series: Neighbors and Secrets

    Keeping this short because I ran way long on the my fiction writing time today. We have other stuff going on, and I kept getting interrupted – and the other stuff had to take priority. But I finished up with 2040 words, and love what I got.  Tori dealt with a friendly but kind of…

  • Replay: The kid who asked me about being a writer, to whom I gave blunt, honest answers

    Replay: The kid who asked me about being a writer, to whom I gave blunt, honest answers

    I think this particular post needs to go into rotation somehow. A kid had a writing assignment from school, and while in general I will not answer “my teacher gave me homework, and I’m passing my homework on to you” requests, I did answer this one. I did not pull any punches. Did not glamorize…

  • SOFW: Goalsetting in progress now

    SOFW: Goalsetting in progress now

    While the actual Summer of Fiction Writing event doesn’t start until June first at 10 AM ET, folks are heading in now to set their goals — goals that are designed to give each writer work achievable in the time that writer has, and with the built-in leverage to get the work done. These are…

  • The Ohio Series: Surprises and weirdness.

    The Ohio Series: Surprises and weirdness.

    Yesterday was chaos, site issues over on HollysWritingClasses.com, and constant interruption, so while I worked on the book, I didn’t hit my word goal. I did get 1391 words, which is still good. Today, though… Today was pure joy. I got 2542 words that just flew off my fingertips, and made me laugh as they…

  • Dead Man’s Party: Wrote the SERIES ending…

    Dead Man’s Party: Wrote the SERIES ending…

    DEAD MAN’S PARTY Last week I wrote a stand-alone ending for Dead Man’s Party. This week, because I had one week and one chapter left, I wrote a series ending, and showed how I built out pieces of story that do not exist in the first draft, but that, if I decide I want Dead Man’s…

  • Overhauling the site

    As you might have guessed (by the fact that everything is broken), I’m overhauling the site. I’m having a miserable, cussing, growling, horrible time of it. On the bright side, the site now loads fast. On the dark side — everyfuckingthing else is dark side. EVERYTHING. The blog is not on its page. The first few…

  • The Ohio Series: 693 words, and What’s In The Basement?

    The Ohio Series: 693 words, and What’s In The Basement?

    While I did not get a lot of words today — we have a bit of nice chaos going on here at the moment — the ones I got were good. First, cookies rear their dangerous heads in my fiction again, this time cookies that apparently have just a hint of magic to them. Second,…

  • The Ohio Series: 1408 words and a cliffhanger for me

    The Ohio Series: 1408 words and a cliffhanger for me

    Had a LOT of things going today, all of which were important, some of which were urgent, and all of which collided with my words. But I did get 1408, and I’m now on Chapter 4. And Tori got her bolt cutters, took the lock off the basement freezer, opened it, closed it again, and…