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My Key to Progress—Mocking

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Parkinson’s law basically says that every task will expand to fill the available time.

For me, though it’s not true with every task, it is with writing. It’s not that I don’t put in the time or effort, or rack up the words. I do. The problem is that I’m a fiddler, and though I have a plot (which I love) and know what needs to happen in each scene, I spend way too much time word-smithing instead of just getting on with the story. When the prose won’t flow, I wind up deleting words almost as fast as I type them in. (Seriously—one day my gross word count was over 900, but my net was negative 56.) Continue reading

Fixing a Protagonist

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

It really stinks to get way into a big project and then discover a major flaw. I’ve had that happen before and don’t really want to repeat the exercise with my novel’s manuscript. Of course, I know there will be problems with the first draft. That’s why writers do multiple revisions—to fix all those mistakes they made the first time around. But since I haven’t actually made it to the revision stage yet, Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 2-27-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

What did you learn about your writing from a negative critique? Did that experience make you a better writer?

Insomniacs Anonymous 2-20-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

How long did it take you to get back to work writing after a bad critique experience?