Organization in Writing

Hey all! I’m getting back into the swing of things. This month has not been the best in terms of writing. Maybe I bit off more than I could chew, or maybe I was just a little burned out. Not sure. I’m starting to get back into it though.

Exciting news – I’m going to be at Odyssey Con this weekend! And for the first time ever, I’m going as a panelist. I’m usually pretty shy and reserved when it comes to talking in front of people, but maybe a geeky topic will make me less anxious. I’ll be out there on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be on a Harry Potter panel, two writing panels, and I’m running an Overwatch panel all by my lonesome!

Also! Patreon suggestions for the month of April close on the 26th! The post with all the information can be found: HERE! Check things out~

Anyway, the topic of today’s post is organization in writing. It’s one that I’ve been meaning to talk about but never really felt qualified to do so. I’m not really good at the whole organization thing, at least in general. There are a series of tweets about me forgetting character details or losing information on them. I’m totally a professional. But here goes!

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A Writer’s Education – ongoing forever

education1Hey all! Things are going well in my neck of the woods. We just got our first snow today – it snowed for a long time too. It seems like a perfect day to stay inside and write and not be anywhere near the roads.

This post was suggested on my Patreon by one of my Patrons. I’m really upfront about the fact that I have formal education in writing. My classes centered in on workshops, which while they don’t work for everyone, worked well for me. I learned a lot from going over other peoples’ writing with a critical eye and developed a tough skin from having my work critiqued repeatedly. But what happens post graduation?

Within about two months of graduating from college, I was already very aware of the absence of feedback from other writers. I missed my classes because I missed learning more about writing. I missed getting feedback.

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T-Minus Six Hours until NaNoWriMo

nanowrimo2016Hey all! We’re in the final few hours before NaNoWriMo begins. I’m pretty excited for the start of everything. I always get this way. It’s not like I’ve been depriving myself of writing outside of NaNoWriMo – I had a decently productive writing month despite having two rather slow weeks (I hit 42k for the month, which all things considered, isn’t all that bad!)

But for now, I get to sit here and wait excitedly for the start of NaNoWriMo. It’s weird, I do between 42k-70k a month and yet I still get a little nervous for NaNoWriMo sometimes. Maybe it’s the added pressure? I don’t know. Granted, my monthly counts are spread across multiple projects, so I can see where 50k on ONE SOLITARY PROJECT might make me a little bit nervous.

Anyway, here are some of my tips and tricks for getting through NaNoWriMo! I’ll periodically check in throughout the month as well – I’ll try to give suggestions on what’s working for me this time around.

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