February 9th, 2018

3 Writing “Rules” I Break

Author W. Somerset Maugham famously said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Maybe there aren’t any rules per se, but there are suggestions given often enough that they almost seem like rules for writers. Yet three of those “rules” I regularly break.

“Just vomit the […]

July 22nd, 2016

Fog and Headlights and Process

Laura Spinella

Things that are never the same: snowflakes, fingerprints, and a writer’s process. While surely there are more one-of-kind instances, process is the topic I’ve popped in to chat about today. It’s a good choice, since I flunked meteorology back in the eighth grade and my fingerprint knowledge is limited to a thorough Google […]

February 4th, 2015

Writing Process Throwdown: A Mess in My Pants

Mine is the last of our writing process throwdowns (or in my case, throw up). In case you missed the others, here they are: Fae, Orly, Jenny.

I’ve been dreading this. Not because I’m embarrassed – I’m of the school that if it works, DO IT! I’m been more worried about how to explain my […]

January 7th, 2015

Writing Process Throwdown: Fae’s Way

Okay Orly, you say you’re a pantser, and for the first draft, I agree you are. But then you happily flip into complete, committed plotter. All those post-its? Nope, I’d say you’re a “hybrid-pantser.”

Me, I’m pantser through and through. The idea of an outline, post-it notes on charts, even Laura’s famous chapter spreadsheet, all […]

October 17th, 2012

Process Envy

By Laura Drake

I belong to the Women’s Fiction chapter of RWA. We just completed a month-long Write-a-Thin (you’d have had to have been there,) and it was wonderful, on many levels (not for me, on the ‘Thin’ part, but that’s another blog altogether.)

Since I’m so anal regimented in my schedule, I didn’t think […]