The Best Writing Advice This Year

At least for me this is best advice about writing that I’ve read so far this year.

In the March/April issue of Writer’s Digest there is an article by Steven James about writing organically. It’s brilliant.

Mr. James talks about the process of organic writing, which is not using an outline or being a pantser.

Writing organically is not sitting down and just writing whatever comes into your writer’s brain You merely need to “Let narrative forces rather than formulas drive your story forward.”

He states that writing from an outline will definitely get you to the end of your story but it will also stop you from digging further into it which could keep you from uncovering more in the story. You could stop yourself from adding depth of; character, plot, narrative, etc. to your writing.

I absolutely love what he says about rabbit trails. “Give yourself the freedom to explore the terrain of your story.” 

You really should check out the article, there is so much more than the tidbits on this post.

Have an awesomely great weekend. 🙂


Snippets Of Selfishness

Just a quickie post today. Kind of all about me. Being selfish. Sometimes you just have to be that way. 🙂

The rewrite of The Unmaker is continuing. And I’m disappointed by that fact. I say that because I feel like I should have it done by now, I wanted to have it done by now. I think that the reason why is I did not give myself a deadline.

So in order to rectify that little oversight I hereby give myself the deadline of December 21, 2012. No wait that’s a deadline for something else. At least I think it is. Seems as though I’ve heard Something about that date.  😉

Okay enough giggling. My deadline for finishing The Unmaker is – November 30, 2011. That’s it, now I’ve done it. Committed it to paper and this post. and I’ll post weekly updates on the process so I can keep myself focused. Printing out a list of to-do stuff, weekly goal sheets, charts and other ‘tools’ to keep myself on track, because I love to that kind of thing too.

This kind of process helped me to get a first draft finished earlier this year. So it stands to reason that it’ll work again. I don’t know why I didn’t do this already. I mean I love lists and such things with numbers and bullet points.  🙂

Maybe a word count and page count widget on my blog. Or some kind of calendar thing that counts down the days, hours and minutes to my deadline. Hmm…..

Thanks for reading this rather self-indulgent post today. Words of wisdom and advice are always welcome.