Today Ali Cross has been kind enough to feature another blog by yours truly. This one is about Crediting Yourself: an aspect to life that I have found to be crucial for motivation and success. Check out the post at alicross.com or ninjaswrite.com - and if you're a writer yourself, consider joining the dojo!
Having finished Fox Fire, I'm forging straight on to my next novel. I've been writing off and on for fun since High School, but I have almost no experience in actually finishing novels (I love being able to put "almost" in front of that now). This next is called Chasing Clouds, and it is a … Continue reading Six Movies I Wish I’d Written
Umm... Spoiler Warning. Just sayin. Sara and I have (for the most part) gone without TV this month. We decided that there were things we wanted to get accomplished, and that TV was indeed serving as a distraction. So we shut it off for the month, with some built-in exceptions. (E.G. I had just begun … Continue reading Story Lessons from Thanksgiving Movies
Here's the little tricks I've either learned or put to good effect this week; I'm posting them as advice to myself, because I am dense enough to have to learn these things over and over. Start small - a half hour on and five to ten minutes off is a great way to get started, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Survival: Week One
Sometimes while writing, we know where we eventually want to end up in the story, but get stuck on exactly how to get there. I know my plucky heroine escapes the cyborg ninja, but how? I vaguely know the kind of triumph I want my characters to experience toward the end of the story, but … Continue reading Bridging the Gap (Working Backwards)
Ali Cross is an insatiable writer and organizer, heading a community of writers through her Ninjas Write Website. Her novel, Become, is coming out on 11/11/11. I've recently become involved with this community via online chat and other methods, and I find their company to be valuable to me. I've already begun to make some … Continue reading On the Snowflake Method with Ali Cross
I wrote a blog on outlining a novel, which will soon be hosted on Ali's website. This is a cheat-sheet I wrote up, simplifying Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Method (which I wrote more about in the blog post). I have it printed up and tacked to the wall over my desk, as well as the inside … Continue reading Snowflake Outline Instructions