Outlining your novel is a fantastic way to start. It can be incredibly helpful for people who are detail oriented and like to plan, but can be also nerve-wracking and intimidating to create the perfect outline if you haven’t done it before or if you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer.
SLCC was so much fun! It was my first time ever being at this Comic Con, and I was blown away by the energy and the passion of the fans, the creative cosplays and of course the wonderful people who came to my panels and my signing! I was nervous moderating my first two panels at this con, Say It On The Page! and Turning Ideas into Novels, but the discussion and thought-provoking questions made it all worth it.
This week I’m heading to DragonCon, and I’m so excited! It’s going to be such a great time, I’ve got so many exciting things planned, including two panels: The Craft of Dystopia in Westin Chastain F-H on Saturday and LGBTQIA in YA in Marriot A707 on Sunday!
You know the feeling, you’re staring at your draft, stuck on a scene, not knowing how to move forward, or even if there is a way. This section of your outline says “stuff?? things/!?!” in lieu of actual plotty bits, and you’re just like, “Thanks, past me.” Your characters linger on the page, unsure of where to go to next but your brain is fried and you’re just… stuck.
Here are five writing exercises to help get those creative juices flowing again.
So you’ve gotten to that sweet spot where you’re inspired, the creative juices are flowing, and you’re writing, writing, writing.. whether you’re in the middle of a writing sprint or doing NanoWriMo or just trying to finish this draft, one of the key things about writing is not to edit when you’re in the middle of getting your first thoughts down. So how do you focus your creative energy? A few ideas to keep from getting distracted by editing, research, and more.
Thank you so much to Barnes and Noble for inviting me to your Teen Book Festival to be on this amazing young adult panel with so many incredible authors! I had such a blast meeting people and signing books and being on this panel with Livia Blackburne, B.T. Gottfred, Michelle Gagnon, Jen Kelin, Ann Stampler, and Gretchen McNeil.