As with any artform, in writing there’s always more to learn, new techniques to try, new strategies to tackle. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been writing or how many books you’ve written—you can always find ways to improve. For all of the writers I know, writing is a continuing adventure in “leveling up” their […]
You’ve heard the advice to “turn off your inner editor” as you get your first draft down on paper. That’s great advice. But I don’t always follow it. To find out why, pop over to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog this week to read my article “Writing Process: Shutting Down Your Inner Editor—Or Not.” […]
Writing can go through seasons—some seasons are hot and fast, filled with fireworks, while others are cold and sluggish, like a Sunday morning in December. After one of those cold, unproductive seasons, getting back to our computers to do some fiction writing can feel like a sun-kissed reward for having survived all those lost gloves […]
Have you ever really thought about how music can affect your creativity, the stories you tell, or even the characters in your stories? I write about connections between writing and music this week on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog: “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.” I’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks!
If you’ve wondered whether the story you’re writing should be in present tense or past tense, you’re in good company. The short answer is: do whatever feels right for you and your story. Since that’s about as helpful as a crocheted bicycle, however, I decided to dive a little deeper into the debate. Read about […]
If you’re like me (and every other writer), you’ve got a folder (or 12) of scraps of writing you’ve never done anything with. Writing exercises, ideas for scenes you never used, character sketches for characters you deleted after the second chapter. Those writing fragments can be mined and repurposed, turned into something new, or maybe […]