I completed my tenth NaNoWriMo win at the end of November. This event apparently suits me very well! I tried it ten times in a row and won each time. It just gets my blood pumping, and it also serves as a good way to reset my writing routine and refocus on the essentials. After […]Read more "A decade of drafting – ten NaNoWriMo wins"
The first seeds of Mapping the Shadows were planted right back at the start of 2014. I was thinking then about writing a series of shorts about a pair of characters, maybe each one standalone, but with an arc that would build to a finale. I decided early on I wanted it to be a […]Read more "The History of Mapping the Shadows"
Before we start – Stumbling Over Chaos blog is currently hosting a giveaway contest for a chance to win a copy of The Champion’s Secret. Head on over and leave a comment before Friday June 12th for a chance to win a copy. Now, on with the blog post! In a post last month I […]Read more "The Finishing After the Finishing"
Starting a story is hard. Getting past being all mouth and having the nerve to actually start putting down words is hard. But what’s harder still is finishing. It’s hard because it’s important. Finishing is truly what separates the writers from the wannabes. Not publication, because not everyone writes to be published. Not prizes, or […]Read more "Are you a finisher?"
One thing new writers often worry about (one of many many thing) is “people will surely be bored out of their skulls by all the times I use ‘said’.” But generally that’s not the case. Readers hardly notice it. They mostly notice when the writer is straining to use any word other than ‘said’. Plain, […]Read more "Because I said so"