Learning and Growing

For my birthday back in November, I received two new non-ficiton books. I have been steadily working my way through them, not wanting to rush through the treasure trove of information. Thinking back, taking my time and pacing myself in learning is something that I’ve always done.

Gail Carson Levine was my favorite author growing up, and a huge inspiration for me even to this day. Her two non-fiction books on writing, Writing Magic and Writer to Writer, are well-used and worn on my bookshelf from my days as a young writer. Each chapter ends with writing exercises, so it forces you to stop reading and do some writing. I usually didn’t go back and zoom through the book right away because after doing the little writing exercise, I just wanted to write more! The next day or later than week, I would go back and read some more, which would grow me and spur me on towards more writing.

Fast-forward to last year, when I found Brandon Sanderson’s 318R class lectures. After the first video, I was hooked. My desire to learn and grow as a writer had been revived. I probably could have watch all of them in one day if I hadn’t restrained myself. Instead, I watched one class a day, pausing to take meticulous notes, and often going over my notes a few times that day and trying to apply it to my story ideas. Rather than rushing through it in a couple days, it took me a couple weeks, but the time to soak in each lesson really helped his methods and tips to stick with me.

After the class ended, I began to seek out more materials on fiction writing. I knew I had a lot of room to grow as an author, and I knew the #1 way to grow was by writing and finishing novels, but I had been neglating the learning side of things. My hunger to learn had been realized. Sanderson mentions Orson Scott Card a lot in the class, and, Card being one of my favorite authors, that gave me some direction on where to start.Read More »

When the MC is All Wrong

While my newsletter subscribers have known for a while, I wanted to write a little post about THE BLESSED and it’s abandonment.

I am not one to quit a project or not finish once I’ve started, a skill that has been very handy when it comes to writing. And out of many projects I have started, THE BLESSED is the first one in a long time that I have gotten so far into without finishing.

But, what makes this different from other uncompleted projects is that it was on purpose, a very intentional abandoning fueled by reason, and I would like to take the time to explain to you all my reasons. All of them together, boil down to one main truth: it wasn’t working.Read More »

The Book Book Plan

I’ve mentioned it a few times now – The Book – and figured I would share with you all “The Book Book Plan” and some updates on The Varkens and a little intro to my new project – yes, new project – Brightstar.

But first, The Book Book Plan. After finishing the final edit of The Keeper, and now waiting for the proof-copy to arrive, I could see I had a lot of growing to do. I am pleased with the outcome, and I’m sure to catch a few things in my last read-through before putting it on sale, but I also know I have a lot of improving to do before I send out query letters for another novel. So I want to focus on improving, growing, and learning before my next big novel project, – as we refer to it in our household – “The Book”.Read More »