Short story writing is not an easy medium, and it is a myth that one can dash off a story and hope to at least be placed in short story competitions.
Basic Principles of Writing for Short Story Competitions
Writing a short story takes practice and much thought as well as careful editing, revision and hopefully the end result will be a well polished, carefully constructed story.read more
This Nanowrimo Tip is for wrimos who undertake this mammoth writing challenge with the intention of one day, after November going back and turning their 30 days of messy, messy writing into an actual novel manuscript.
When you’re writing full steam ahead, words flying off in every direction it can be tempting to throw in whatever pops into your head next. Zombie gnome attacks in the middle of a Victorian Period romance, random encounters with ET, a talking cat, a shift in perspective to explore what your toast might be thinking about this whole idea of breakfast.
This kind of random writing is fun, sure. A lot of wrimos embrace these kinds of plot deviations with plot dares and other word padding techniques. But at the end of your writing session, if word padding is all this kind of random plot generation serves then rethink the approach. For the benefit of your future editing self. Believe me, your future editing self will thank you for it.read more
Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month is a bit of a misnomer. No, it’s not the “national” label of this international event, it’s the “novel” label that causes a lot of problems.
Of all of the Nanowrimo tips and tricks I can impart to guide you through your wordy adventures, this one is perhaps most important.
You will not write a novel during Nanowrimo.read more
Every year, a small collective of Wrimos get a bit old school and handwrite Nanowrimo using actual pen and paper. I’ve been a proud handwriting Wrimo for 5 years and I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2013.read more
In this instalment of our series of Nanowrimo Tips, we’re talking preparation. How to prepare for Nanowrimo, how not to prepare for Nanowrimo and how to be prepared for all of that preparation to turn into a pumpkin or vanish completely come the stroke of midnight November 1.read more
In a previous post of Nanowrimo Tips, “Ten Bits of Advice to Get You To The Finish Line”, I wrote about the power of making your Nanowrimo commitment public knowledge.
I may be about to eat my words.
Or maybe just nibble at them around the edges.
What I Said Then….. Commit Publicly
“Tell your family, friends, colleagues, pets, blog followers, everyone that you’re about to do this thing. Let them know how important it is to you and why you’re doing it. Broadcasting your intentions will let people know what you’re up to so they can both: a) support you; b) leave you alone so you can write. Making your commitment public also lessens your likelihood of giving up when the going gets rough and the prose gets awful.”