Tag Archives: first draft

A New Writing Year

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Partly because designating January 1, as the beginning of the year feels nonsensical to me—the New Year starts in the spring—duh—not in winter. But since I wasn’t consulted when Western civilization adopted the modern calendar, January 1st it is. The other reason I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions is because most people seem to give up on them by the end of February. Continue reading

Show ’em how it’s done

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

I was nervous about writing my blog post for today about the Writing 101 rule of “show, don’t tell.” My fingers hovered over the keyboard as I considered what I wanted to share with our readers about the tricky topic. I tapped out some words, paused, read them, read them again, and jabbed at the delete button until they disappeared from the screen. I repeated this process several times before finally deciding to keep what you’re reading right now. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 7-8-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been encouraging you to work on a difficult scene from your manuscript. (See posts on June 24 and July 1.) Congratulations for getting some words on the page! Now it’s time to take that rough scene and polish it. Go back through the scene and look for places to add dialogue, character observations, introspection and physical reactions from your characters.

Practical Prompt 7-1-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Do you remember that hard-to-write scene that we encouraged you to write last week? Did you go ahead and write it? If not, that scene might be a symptom of an underlying problem with your story. In the first draft phase, it’s likely a problem with story structure or character arc. So, this week, take a step back and reconsider this scene in the context of your entire story. If this scene isn’t working, then what needs to go in its place?

Plot Veer Epiphany

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

It’s been a struggle to keep my story on plot as I write my novel’s first draft, but I’ve finally figured out why things go wonky every few scenes: my characters aren’t following the script.

The culprit is usually a secondary character (different secondaries in different scenes). One character will say or do something that, though it makes total sense for that particular character in that particular situation, doesn’t quite work with the plot. Continue reading