Writing 50,000 words in a month may not work for you.

Writing 50,000 words in a month may not work for you.

For the third time in two and a half years, I’ve written 50,000 words in a single month. Here’s what I learned and why I’m not planning on doing it again…

Understanding the Editing Process

Understanding the Editing Process

Writing is a lot like building your dream house. Maybe you find yourself over budget, and you need to trim back on some details. Out goes the fancy copper sink. Or maybe the contractor left a gaping hole in the roof. Or a tiny crack in the drywall. They better patch it up before the rain comes in and wrecks the whole structure. Part of the writing process is learning what to trim and what to...

How to Write Your Shitty First Draft

How to Write Your Shitty First Draft

If you have ever tried to write anything, you know that voice. The one that tells you that you aren’t good enough. The doubting nag that whispers tales of failure before you’ve even begun. Better go do the dishes, fold the clothes, put in the roast. Chores never sounded so inviting. Anything to avoid finding out what’s really in that brain of yours, waiting to seep onto the blank page. Procrastination is easy. Writing is hard, but there are ways to...

What's your motive?

What's your motive?

What is the driving factor that motivates you to write a story? WHY do you want to do it?

This why should be at the core of your writing. When you’re feeling aimless, hopeless, or you’ve had one too many negative critiques from your writing group, return to your motive.

Right now, you might be thinking: Okay, great. But what in the ham sandwich is a writing motive? 

What song do you sing? (Developing Your Writing Voice)

What song do you sing? (Developing Your Writing Voice)

Your writing voice is the unique language that makes your writing yours. It’s what sets your zombie story or memoir or romance novel apart from all the others. It’s the humor/wit/sarcasm/intellect that defines you as a writer. If you’ve ever read something by Toni Morrison or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you know how alluring a writer’s voice can be. If you’ve ever read David Sedaris or Tina Fey, you understand how a writer’s voice can be laugh-out-loud funny.

So, here's the big question: How, exactly, DO you develop your writing voice?