Author Archives: stacey kite

Let Your Writing Enthusiasm Show

Stacey Kite

Though I’m an introvert, meaning I’m more interested in thinking about the stories in my head than making small talk at dinner parties, I’m not socially awkward or shy, and I don’t suffer from any kind of stage fright—except when it comes to talking to strangers about my writing. My face heats and my blood pressure spikes. I either go brain-blank or start babbling, speaking in disjointed sentence fragments with lots of “um’s.” Continue reading

Summarizing a Conversation Snippet

Stacey Kite

Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. A writer who is a natural at dialog may struggle with action or description or something else. My Achilles’ heel is narrative summary—in all its many forms. (Arrrg!) That is a problem, because every book has narrative summary.

When it’s done well, readers don’t even notice the summarizing. It just seems like a natural part of the story. But if it’s not done well, it sticks out—like mustard on ice cream. Continue reading

A Scene Guide

Stacey Kite

Sometimes, when I sit down to write a scene, everything clicks. Even the weird twists and diversions that come up while I’m writing flow and mesh. When that happens, it’s awesome.

Then there are the other times. Times when I think I know what I want to write, but get lost trying to put it into words. The scene gets longer and longer, but doesn’t actually go anywhere.  Continue reading

My 2018 Write by Midnight Experience

Stacey Kite

This year, my Write by Midnight experience has been great. I didn’t reach all my goals, but I wrote every day and made real progress—which is something I haven’t done for a while.

I’d been in the writing doldrums for a few months, and my enthusiasm had evaporated. I’d struggled to make headway on my story, but I’m happy to say that I reversed that trend in February.   Continue reading

Writing Strategy Number 10,001?

Stacey Kite

Thomas Edison said, “I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Or maybe it was Wile E. Coyote. I get the two confused. Anyway, my point is that whether you call something a success or failure depends on how you choose to look at it.

With that in mind, I’m choosing to call my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a success—because I’ve learned that it’s not for me. Continue reading