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
At Worldcon one of my favorite Panels was titled, "Beyond Harry Potter: What other Young Adult Fiction Everyone - Adults Included - Should Be Reading." The panelists were Ellen Asher, Susan Chang, Laura Frankos, Dan Wells, and Andrew Wheeler. I took down a 90% accurate list of the suggestions of the panelists, as well as … Continue reading YA Books You Should Be Reading
This week, Ian and I are paying a visit to RENOvation. It's Worldcon, a very large fan convention that hosts many authors, editors, agents, artists, costume makers, game designers, cartoonists, and much more. To give you an idea of what to expect, George R. R. Martin, Dr. Demento, and Brandon Sanderson are here, to name … Continue reading WorldCon Ho!
Super Author David Farland hosts "Farland's Authors' Advisory Conference Calls". I had the opportunity to attend a few panels with David Farland at this year's Life, the Universe, and Everything. He has been teaching writers for a long time now, and is full of great advice. Just a little ethos for you, David Farland used … Continue reading Open Conference Call with David Farland
Today I've got to run a crap-ton of errands in order to get ready for this weekend's trip to Life, the Universe, and Everything. LTUE is a Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention held at BYU in Provo, UT. It is free for students, and $25.00 for the entire event otherwise. My friend Ian and I have been … Continue reading LTUE Schedule
Tracy Hickman: “Writers basically believe that they are never going to be or are already has-beens. The thing I try to tell writers all the time, and I have to remind myself is that we have not yet written our best work. The best is yet to come. It could be that next book, it … Continue reading Tracy Hickman on Writing Excuses (LTUE)
I know. I've already written one blog about Writer's Block and another about how to use a Simple Outline, but now NaNoWriMo is officially done and over. The official status of my manuscript is 37,796 words. In the "official" standards of NaNoWriMo, I didn't "Win". You win by finishing 50,000 words in one month. However, … Continue reading What I learned at NaNoWriMo