Tips & advice

Day 2 – Scrivener

Two days in and all seems fresh and full of potential. I did have trouble getting started today. Not serious trouble. Once I decided it was time, I buckled down and just did it. But I certainly didn’t wake up feeling that I knew exactly what I would be writing today. I’ll let you know when that day comes. I… Read more →

A Month of Words

Starting tomorrow, I’m back! Nanowrimo begins at midnight tonight and I’m ready to do my first intense month of novel writing since 2009. I started doing Nanowrimo in 2001 with my first novel, Pray for Rain. Since then, there have been six other “wins.” That makes me a self-appointed Nanowrimo veteran. In case there is anyone out there who doesn’t… Read more →

Kangaroos are Cool

We’re having perfect summer weather here in Atlantic Canada. Canadians do not say such sentences casually. We say it with the same emotion as someone would say, “I won the lottery!” It stays cold far too many months of the year for us to be anything but passionate about summer. Even better is that I’ve gotten to stay home for… Read more →

Seeing Voices, copyright nancysmwaldman 2012

Seeing Voices

With apologies to one of my favourite writing physicians, Oliver Sacks, I titled this post, Seeing Voices, because that’s what it feels like when I’m fully engaged in writing characters I know well. So how do you come up with complex, interesting characters? Get them to talk. Engage them in conversation. Ask them questions not only about the predicament they’re… Read more →

Unearthed from Third Person Press

Author Interviews

Third Person Press is coming out with Unearthed, Volume 3 of The Speculative Elements Series in late June. In a lead-up to this release, they’ve been posting interviews with all the contributors. Check out mine here and stay to read the others. Read more →

Quality I – Critiques

Last time, I wrote about the benefits of quantity as a beginning writer. The more you write, the more experience you gain, the more you know, the easier the process becomes. Practice, practice, practice. But, of course, that’s not the whole story. Improvements in quality come mainly from repeated revisions. That doesn’t mean endless revisions. You must move on at… Read more →