Novel Writing – My Process: Motivation

TheMatriarch3WorkingTitleLogoSmallNovelist Tim Waggoner was asked by one of his creative writing students for tips on “how to stay motivated to write.” I offered this suggestion:

On the subject of motivation in writing (when you can’t seem to get it done), I try to boost stimuli: read, walk, travel, explore, and above all TAKE NOTES. Being a writer means you’re always thinking about how to describe something, do something, or how things happen. And when you’re neck-deep in a project, you never know what little tidbit will solve that problem you’re working through. Don’t be afraid to step away from the pencil or keyboard and let your imagination be inspired.

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Novel Writing – My Process: Plotting

BookhouseIn a discussion of Stephen King’s book On Writing, he claims he doesn’t see the value in plotting. This is what I had to say on the subject on the eve of the 2014 NaNoWriMo:

Whenever I write a short story, I often envision it as a single scene or chapter with a single point of view. When I scaled that up to writing a novel, I treat each scene/chapter as a separate short story, giving it a beginning, a middle, and an end. To find those scenes, I usually start at the end, then work my way backwards to figure out what scenes I need to get to that conclusion; my first scene is often the hardest to decide upon: what is the perfect spot to jump into the story? I also imagine specific scenes – money shots – to act as way points to work toward while filling in all of the missing pieces.

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The Matriarch III: First Draft Begins November 1st #amwriting

The Matriarch III (working title)

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Wary of a future misunderstanding, Janiss Connelly pays a surprise visit to an immortal residing in the state capital of West Virginia. The Charleston vampire isn’t amused, a slight that puts the residents and staff of Cedarcrest Sanctum at risk when their administrator abruptly goes missing.

Forced to endure a nightmare scenario, Janiss must embrace the potential she has both envied and feared in order to survive – even as a hidden foe takes advantage of the perfect opportunity.

The tetralogy continues…
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My Spooky Empire 2014 Appearance Schedule

Friday October 24th

  • 6p – Panel: Keeping the Bodies Fresh – Sarasota
  • 9p – Panel: Sick & Twisted (21 & up ONLY) – Sarasota

Saturday October 25th

  • 12p – Author’s Network – Sarasota
  • 2p – Panel: Writing the Fight – Sarasota
  • 4:30p – Ultimate Occult Showdown! – Lake Ballroom
  • 7p – Author Signing Table
  • 8p – Panel: Choose your Own Adventure – Sarasota

Sunday October 26th

  • 11a – Panel: Sympathy for the Devil – Sarasota
  • 12p – Author Signing Table

Can’t wait to see everyone at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend!
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