Confession: I’m Not a Real Writer
General Writing Tips / June 19, 2017

  I have come to find that there is a discrepancy between who we want to be and who we actually are. I like to walk around the house while singing whatever pops into my head. Sometimes it’s even just the national anthem. I can’t really sing, but I enjoy it and it’s fun. Does that put me on par with Whitney Houston though? Should I call myself a singer? You would probably answer no. As most people would concur, my lousy “around the house or in the shower” singing does not make me comparable to some of the greatest singers in the world. With that in mind, that’s why I have a confession for you today: I’m not a real writer. No, there are no ghost writers or any other weird shit lurking around here (though there may be actual ghosts). Everything you’ve read has been written by me and only me. But I’m a nobody. I’m no J.K. Rowling or James Patterson or Steven King or Danielle Steele. I’m not even a E.L. James (which I frequently give thanks to God for). I write things but it doesn’t matter. Very few people, if anybody, ever see them. I…

How To Outline Your Novel (For Pantsers)
General Writing Tips / June 5, 2017

Authors usually fall into one of two different groups: Plotters or Pantsers. Plotters Plotters, as the name suggests, are little more than conniving, scheming marsupials (you know, in the best way possible). Their notebooks or tablets are filled to the brim with charts, notes, outlines, and anything else that fills in every crevice of their novel. They usually know everything that happens before they actually write it, and they are double, triple, and quadruple prepared for any bouts of writer’s block. One of the most famous plotters to speak of is J.K. Rowling. If you Google it, you can find some of her outlines and plans for the Harry Potter novels, like this one right here (yep, people, those are the scribbles of Ms. Rowling). For many of us, though, the problem with plotting and outlining is that we never stop. We can spend weeks, months and years planning, charting, drawing, and researching only for it to dawn on us one day that we haven’t actually written a single word of our novel. Yikes. Words has it that J.K. Rowling spent five years outlining her Harry Potter novels before she actually started writing. But because of who she is and the massive amount of success it…

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