I've been thinking a lot about stealing time. Victoria Schwab aka V.E. Schwab (who writes an utterly obscene number of books every year) wrote a great post last spring about making time. I loved that idea, that you create time, you're in charge of it, and the busier you are, the more you're going to accomplish. … Continue reading Stealing Time
It sounds, and feels, like a horror movie. WHEN PLOTTERS MEANDER. AN OUTLINE DIVERGED IN A YELLOW WOOD. In reality, it's been my process in writing Five of Hearts, my YA contemporary about the kids in the band and a televised competition for a record deal. The Glee meets THE DISENCHANTMENTS book. I outlined this book … Continue reading Writing is Roadtripping, or Meandering in an Outline
I've had a couple of people ask me about my writing process, including my outline process, so I'm going to break it down here. And by break it down, I mean, this will be incredibly long, I'm sorry, but if you read this blog regularly, you are not surprised. #notreallysorry I used to be a pantser … Continue reading More than Roman Numerals: My Outline Process
It's the last March check-in for the YA Buccaneers Spring Bootcamp! Yay! WE MADE IT.Last week, I was fist pumping all day because you know, the whole I finished magicballoonbook business was pretty frakkin' awesome, I'm not going to lie. I rode on that high for a few days, cleaned up a few things, and then … Continue reading YA Buccaneers Spring Bootcamp Monday #5
It's the hard truth: when you work full time and have limited energy and writing time, you start to realize that writing a blog post kind of feels like wasting words when you could be writing your story. Since I last posted, something large and exciting happened: I moved! To a new house. It's lovely and … Continue reading Life Is Chaotic and Messy and Oh Right I Have a Blog?
Normally, I'm a pantser. For those not In The Know, that means that I almost never plan out my stories before I start writing. I might research, but I rarely outline. I usually know the beginning, and then end, and then I start connecting the dots. I frequently write a series of scenes, maybe 15-20 … Continue reading On Pantsing, Planning, and Partnerships