Tag Archive | word count

The Benefits of Sprinting for the Distance Runner

I’m a distance runner That’s a label that took me a while for me to wrap my arms around. I always hated running. Like with a passion. Like I walked at least part of the way every time a gym teacher or coach told us to run a mile. There was the time I ran a mile for the […]

Word Wars!

Word Wars!

“Would you like to word war with me tonight?” Rosalie’s message popped up on my phone. “Word wars?” I texted back. Ok, I’d heard of Word Wars before, but had no idea exactly how they worked. I did know that they involved some pretty fast writing. I tend to think of myself as a slow […]

Mid-Month Slump

Mid-Month Slump

The holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is in a week. Following that, all the other holiday madness, from the fun of parties and celebrations, to stress over not having enough money to stretch to all the gifts and charities and so on, to squeezing in every last required social engagement, to the inevitable […]

Write Now

Write Now

Summer is my most productive writing time. Being bi-vocational, I always look forward to summer because when school is out, I go back to having one job. That leaves more time for family and physical recuperation. And extra time to write. This year is my first year working summer school. We sold out home last […]

Writing in the Zone Longhand

Writing in the Zone Longhand

Writers endure cycles of varying productivity, and since I turned my novel in to my editor July 1, I’ve been trying to find my groove again. Sure, I took it easy for a few days, then edited a short story and brainstormed my Deals with the Dead series (oh yeah, edited 43k in that), but […]

How to gamify writing

Just about everyone who advises writers emphasizes the importance of setting goals: daily, weekly, or monthly. Yet we all struggle with this simple concept. I’ve written before about how hard it can be to just sit down and get words out. I started keeping a writing log spreadsheet ever since Randy Ingermanson recommended it in […]

Massive Books Ahead!

I find it interesting as I talk with various writers of fiction – published and unpublished – that opinions vary as to just how many words should go into a novel of any kind. And I’ve found that a lot of it seems to depend on opinions based on whether or not you’re a first […]