Structuring A Novel: Chapters

Love this…wish I had read it two years ago : )

Writer to Writer

This post is for beginners who are just starting to develop their first ideas. Any authors who successfully wrote a book might have different methods – I’d be happy to hear about them.

When you get an idea for a novel it seems easy to develop it but once you start working on it, it turns into a jungle, a mess. You might find yourself trying to figure out how simple things work or trying to find explanations for some complex scenes you want to write but aren’t sure how they really fit in.

When plotting your novel you decide on where the hits are (emotional hits, twists, etc), but to make some order in all of it, you should spend some more time developing the structure, the plot and the story-lines.

I have a word-count method I use when writing stories and novels (helps more with novels) that is…

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The benefits of writer’s block: there really are none

Writer's block: an inability to think, combined with a deep sense of guilt, that no amount of caffein seems to be able to take away. But, I'm trying to look on the positive side: I'm learning patience, especially with myself. Challenges produce perseverance and character. Meanwhile, all I have to write is AHHHHHHHHH! No - … Continue reading The benefits of writer’s block: there really are none

On “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

I'm not going to write about The Hate U Give in terms of pros and cons: this book doesn't fit into standard categories and is way beyond a simple review. It took me a while to read The Hate U Give because it was so intense. Although I feel uncomfortable reading something with so much … Continue reading On “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff

If you are looking for a good mother's day gift, consider Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff. Love Lives Here is a sweet and encouraging read - sort of like a portable retreat. Throughout the crazy busy of the last few weeks, the book has helped keep me at least partially sane. What appealed to me: I love the … Continue reading Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff

Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans

I think that a person's favorite kind writing is like a favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a different style. Anyway, I've been trying to determine what I think makes for awesome writing so that I can mimic it. {BTW, do you have book recommendations? I'm especially looking for 3rd person POV. Probably YA. Probably fantasy. … Continue reading Good writing, like a favorite pair of jeans

Camp NaNoWriMo

Today, I accomplished my goal of writing 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo! Things didn't go as planned: I'd started Camp NaNoWriMo with a fresh new outline of Mirror of Sparrows, and I envisioned myself writing a complete first draft based on that outline. What a convenient vision! About half way through, I realized that my outline had … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo

Starbucks, Kam Shopping Center, on a Saturday morning

6:15 am: An old man walks through the parking lot absentmindedly. A young man almost runs him over while backing up his white, shiny BMW.  Nobody is hurt. 6:38 am: Don't know if she's his girlfriend or his wife, but she yells at him for a long time. He listens, maybe? He hardly says a word. They head out. He acts like she doesn't matter - checking … Continue reading Starbucks, Kam Shopping Center, on a Saturday morning

Fidget Spinners

While I realize that fidgeting is a big help for students with ADD/ADHD, fidget spinners are invading my classroom and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Are they helping students to focus, or causing a distraction? Initially I thought the former, but now, I'm not so sure. The main reason is this: fidget spinners are … Continue reading Fidget Spinners