writing

Attending ProWritingAid Crime Writer’s Week

Attending ProWritingAid Crime Writer's WeekThis week we’ve been attending ProWritingAid Crime Writer’s Week. Not because we’re crafting a police procedural or whodunnit, or even because we read a lot of crime writing. It’s ProWritingAid’s first ever Crime Writer’s Week  aimed at crime and thriller authors with a lot of valuable content for any writer. …

Write Something. Write Anything [Author Post]

Write Something. Write AnythingHave you ever sat there, thinking “I wish I could write?” Not “I wish I could write like [Joe Schmo]” or anyone in particular, just “I wish I could write.” I think you can. I don’t mean ‘the one novel that’s in all of us.’ Believe me, not everyone has a novel in them. Just write something. Write anything. …

The First Draft

Image: Longhand pagesThere are many ways to start writing a book, both fiction and non-fiction. Without a first draft, you don’t have a book, just an idea. But a completed first draft is just that – a beginning and not an end.

Whether you sit down and start at the beginning and just write down whatever comes from your stream of consciousness, or you carefully plan and outline the whole thing from beginning to end, whatever gets you started has value. …