What’s Your Next Book? The Brightest Timeline Knows.

(note: this was originally a twitter thread. You can read the original thread here.) Since it's easier to solve other people's problems than your own, I procrastinated on my own scene problems to listen to another writer's dilemma about which book to write next. What follows is a trick for figuring out what you should… Continue reading What’s Your Next Book? The Brightest Timeline Knows.

How to Brainstorm Scene Location Details from a Panic-stopping Technique

(This blog post was originally a thread on twitter, rewritten to be a decent blog post.) The first scene I need to write today takes place in a new setting location. For new setting locations I write up descriptions that I can use not just as backdrop but as elements to bring the reality of… Continue reading How to Brainstorm Scene Location Details from a Panic-stopping Technique

A Visual Guide to a Reverse Outline

107k Words. 76 Scenes. 16 Pages. What you're looking at is an essential document for the complex operation that is transforming my first draft into a revised draft. It's scary, isn't it? I like to think that it's beautifully organized. That's the entire scene by scene outline of the first draft of Stormsong - don't… Continue reading A Visual Guide to a Reverse Outline

What to do When You’re Done

Wall of text incoming; wear protective gear. You're finished your manuscript. You've put it away, and you've done extensive revisions. It's ready. You're pretty sure it's ready for the hunt for an agent. What do you do now? This is partly what I did, and also partly what I learned while in the querying process.… Continue reading What to do When You’re Done

Two Books without Music: My Persnickety Playlist Needs

There's something really unusual about the creation process of both Witchmark and its sequel, Stormsong: they were mostly written in silence. I'm usually a playlist maker. I usually write to music, a habit that sparks debate among writers about whether sound or silence is the better environment. Now with my fanfic, I was forever making… Continue reading Two Books without Music: My Persnickety Playlist Needs