Change, Please!

How many times have you thought of a cool idea? A nifty setting? An intriguing character? How many times have those brainwaves failed to translate into gripping stories? Why do some stories draw you back while others leave you cold? Conflict is the source of tension, and tension drives plot. Flawed stories often miss a …

Normal, Until It Isn’t

My knees are pretty beat up. It started back in High School, and has been a roller coaster of good days, weeks, months, and not so good days, weeks, months of pain, cracking, popping, etc. TL;DR: This is one of those not so good days. It started on Friday. I don’t know how long before …

The Road So Far

As is my MO, I had another post outlined (that poor structure and pacing post has been dumped so many times that it’s developing self-esteem issues), but a new-shiny presented itself for this weeks blog. Maybe not so much presented as dive-bombed into my lap after two weeks of stress, whinging to my crit partners, research, …

Just Beat It!

I’m going to start off by saying that this is going to be a long post, but if you’re having trouble plotting, or figuring out why a story/novella/book isn’t working, then you should definitely stick with me. It’s been quite a while since I last put up a post here on The Million Words, and …

Crafting a Newsletter

A while back, I posted about whether or not it was a good idea for an author to have a newsletter. I think it’s a good idea, and I *finally* got around to following my own advice… And I had no idea the amount of work that goes into something like that. There’s a lot …

Adding Insult to Injury

I want to talk a bit about a kerfluffle happening in the writing community at the moment. Kerfluffles happen repeatedly among writers and given that authors love to write, the scuffles sometimes are glorious and oh so lengthy. I have no interest in going into this particular controversy as it’s being dealt with in the …

Good Intentions

Guys. I have a semi-coherent post sitting on my hard drive, full of semi-helpful tips on gauging pacing in a story. You aren’t getting that post though. Instead, today’s post is brought to you by the rampant inequality in publishing. Specifically, a dumpster fire that came after yearly nominations for published works in one of …