I talked last time about how I chose the place and time for my story. And once that was done, I started looking into the culture of modern and historical Peru. The rabbit hole of link clicking was astronomical so I'll spare you those details. I learned a bunch of basics and found a whole… Continue reading Food in Modern Peru
Let's talk about setting. And in particular, how to pick a setting. If you're anything like me, you've set your books in made up places vaguely based on somewhere you've been or somewhere you live. Write what you know, and all that. And, if you're like me, you've also probably done some research about what… Continue reading Where in the World is My Setting?
Chapter ONE: Elijah Three blocks later, and only two blocks from home, I noticed a car sitting in a snowbank. It was parked in the darkness between the light cast by the two nearest streetlights, so I had to pull up behind it to get a good look. It looked like whoever owned the car… Continue reading Excerpt: Finding her Car
When I was writing Slow Motion Whirlwind, I wrote it like a novel. The only exception I made for posting it on wattpad was to shorten the chapters into more "bite-sized" pieces because it was more suitable for the way people read there. When I posted the novel, I left it to read like a… Continue reading Writing with Graphics
Something I am struggling with when writing A Year in Mondays has been the balance between my personal experiences, the overarching experience of having children, and Julie’s specific story. It is difficult sometimes to separate my experiences (and those of people around me) from those I have read on the internet, for example. So in… Continue reading Universal vs Personal Experiences
As I was finishing the last chapters of my first posted novel, Slow Motion Whirlwind, I was pondering how the book would do on the serialization site that I was posting it on. That’s a story for another post, but while all of that was happening, I was suddenly struck with an idea for a… Continue reading A Study in Serialization
When I agreed to co-write this book with Allie, I’ll admit I was extremely nervous. I had checked out her stories so I knew she could write, and we'd talked a bit so I knew she was nice, but we had “known” each other for all of fifteen minutes when we started drafting the story.… Continue reading Writing As Improvisation
Once we had the very skeleton plot organized, Allie and I moved into creating our two main characters. This is where things got tricky because we worked by consensus. What I mean by that is if we didn’t agree on something, we kept looking until we found something that we did agree on. We work… Continue reading How We Created Characters
The “how I got the idea for this story” post is going to be a little different for this story because I didn’t get the idea, Allie did! I was scrolling the writer forums one day and found a post Allie made looking for someone interested in co-writing a cute Christmas story with her. Those… Continue reading What is Co-Writing?
I admit my first experience with NaNoWriMo was probably not the typical experience. I stumbled into it purely by accident. I think that maybe should be the tagline for Slow Motion Whirlwind. "I stumbled into it by accident." It works for me and it works for Emmeline. But that's literally a whole separate story so… Continue reading My First NaNoWriMo