Category Archives: Writing Process

Finishing That Endless Manuscript

Finishing That Endless Manuscript

I’ve been working on the same story for months now. It’s the slowest I’ve ever written a single story in my whole life. What started out as a one-off short story evolved into a long short story, then a novelette, and now it’s looking like a novella by the time I’m finished. In some ways… Continue Reading

The Metrics of Writing

The Metrics of Writing

When I first started writing, during the pre-internet days, I didn’t have any idea how many words were in a novel, a short story, a novella, etc. I just wrote, but had no idea if I was producing at a good pace or if my stories were a good length. All I knew was after… Continue Reading

Anticipating Story Length

Anticipating Story Length

I recently reconnected with some old projects, and was a little upset when I read them. One of the mistakes I’d made was incorrectly anticipating story length, and now it feels like those old stories, that I thought were done and buried, have risen from their graves to haunt me. Not only did I take… Continue Reading

5 Steps to Effective Editing

5 Steps to Effective Editing

This article is by Sydney A. Kneller. Once you’ve agonized your way through a story or novel, you breathe a sigh of relief that your task is finally done. But the truth is, the hard word is just beginning. Before you can send your work out to be seen by the world, you need to… Continue Reading

Pilfering Your Novel Graveyard

Pilfering Your Novel Graveyard

“Finish what you start” is some of the best advice one can give a burgeoning writer. However, what happens when you absolutely can’t finish something? It’s not Writer’s Block nor Creative ADD. You’ve reached critical mass. No matter how long you edit, send off for critiques, and outline, it’s just not coming together. Writing can… Continue Reading

What Writers Can Learn From Soaping

What Writers Can Learn From Soaping

This article is by A.L.S. Vossler. Recently, I took up the hobby of soaping, which, as you might guess, is making soap. There are three ways of making soap: hand-milled, cold process, and hot process. Hand-milled, which is also known as melt-and-pour, basically involves taking a soap base which someone else has already prepared, and… Continue Reading