Category: Novel Writing

Creativity, Novel Writing, Writing

Let Your Characters Go Free Range

Free range

One of the things I love most about Nanowrimo is how all of the pressure is off. During this month it doesn’t matter whether or not you have pages of outlines or character sketches. You can do what you want and there’s freedom to see where things lead. This isn’t always true the rest of …

Novel Writing, Writing

An Idea Is Nothing

Idea

Last week, #IWSGPit happened on Twitter. It’s one of many pitch contests/parties where users post their pitches and hope that an agent or publisher requests more information about their work. (I got my publishing contract through a pitch party —#Pit2Pub—, so I can vouch for the fact that they work and can be worthwhile. Not to …

Career, Freelancing, Novel Writing, Writing

Finance Creative Writing with Writing

Finance Creative Writing

Let’s face it: For all but a select few, novel writing (or any form of creative writing like poetry, short stories, etc.) is not a lucrative career. Or even a reasonable income at all. It can be, but it often isn’t. And even if you do end up making money from fiction, it’s often only …

Non-Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing

Research First, or As You Go Along?

Researching books

Whether you write non-fiction or fiction, research is (or it had better be) a part of your process. Even if you’re “writing what you know,” you still need to supplement your knowledge with that of others. (Unless you are the foremost expert in your field, then I guess you can go ahead without any research.) …

Novel Writing, Writing

Why Fiction Writers Need Science

Science Books

I’ll admit it: I’m a science nerd. I make a good portion of my living from scientific and technical writing. Plus, I just love most of the sciences. They’re fascinating. But even if I weren’t a few (dozen) math credits away from being Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory, I’d still read and learn about …