NaNoWriMo Prep: Inviting Your Character To Coffee

Last week I shared one way to make an outline and I also mentioned two other things you need before you start writing your story: a summary and a description of your characters. Your characters are what makes or breaks your story. That’s why this week I’m looking at how you prepare your character for Read More

NaNoWriMo Prep: Where To Begin?

Every year millions of people around the world sit down and write together in November. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has been an international event for a long time with writers participating globally, but the name sticks. Most writers know the abbreviation of NaNoWriMo and new words like NaNo-novel came to live. It’s halfway through Read More

This is My Design: The Peril of the New Idea

New ideas are awesome, fresh inspiration is fantastic, and motivation can strike like a bolt out of the blue. Unfortunately, that bolt can sometimes hit us right when we’re in the middle of something else. Today, Raven talks about the three methods he uses to deal with the potentially terrible timing of new ideas. Read More

Three Pitfalls (and how to avoid them)

As an editor, there are a lot of mistakes I come across in writing – some them ones I’ve made myself over the years. Today I talk about the three most common pitfalls I find while editing and how to avoid them, encourage self-edits, and wax lyrical about Canadian rock legends. Read More