What a second draft is, and how it should be written.
This is the prologue to the story I was writing a little while ago before my life took a crazy turn.
Part 5 of tricks to overcome stuckness.
If you still do not know what you are going to write about, fill in the following blanks.
Don't hate E. L. James and James Patterson, they are the aspiring writer's best friends.
I have learned the existence of the National Novel Writing Month only recently. When I was a young man in my mid-twenties with aspirations of being a published novelist, an institution like NaNoWriMo was unthinkable. It is pretty much unthinkable today, even though it exists. Who would have imagined? NaNoWriMo is a strange institution for … Continue reading To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo?
You know you are old fashioned when you feel unnerved when people come out saying that they are gay. My sexual resume has not been entirely heterosexual, but I think I fall pretty squarely in the non-LGBT side of the equation. So, yeah, I'm not gay. Full disclosure. But I have never had any real … Continue reading Gay Boys Coming Out (Don’t do it!)
The beautiful Jenna Moreci, a budding writer who has a YouTube vlog in which she offers writing advice for other aspiring writers, says she is often asked by her followers "How do I know I'm a writer?" Questions like this (and many others) tell you how much her followers admire her. But she seems to … Continue reading How do I know I’m a writer?
I grew up writing and telling stories. When I was twelve, they were mostly Harry Potter style adventures. Not about wizards, but about average boys with normal fears and abnormal skills who face enemies and dangers best left for Superman to confront. In my early teens they were mostly poetry. Depressing stuff. It was the … Continue reading My First Novel
An experiment reveals that 92.6% of the words in a first draft were redundant.