My First Blog Post at the New Job

So last time I posted, I mentioned that I had a new job. Well, I’ve hit the ground running at the Aspen Institute: meeting people, learning about the programs, and even sitting in on some of the events. And I even have written a blog post about one of those events–a discussion between NYT Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger and WaPo Associate Editor and Columnist David Ignatius, focusing on Ignatius’s latest novel, THE DIRECTOR; the hacking of Sony; the Torture Report; and more. Check it out if you’re a fan of spy novels, national security, or are as fascinated by the Sony thing as I am.

As for writing, well, I’m still reconstructing my broken NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m working with a writing group, so more to come on that front as it develops.

Have a great holiday everyone! Look for me once all the festivities have passed.

New Job and New Schedule

So this past week was my first at my new job. It flew by–meeting co-workers, filling out administrative paperwork, and getting started on projects. The real trick is going to be attending to all the other parts of my life.

I know, I know. Those of you who work full-time jobs are thinking, “Yeah, so?” But after freelancing since early 2012, I’ve kind of forgotten how to make sure I blog, I write fiction, and other things while also getting my job done and taking care of my household.

That explains why the blog went quiet. But, I think I’ve got a better handle on things. So expect more posts. And as for writing, well, my production has gone way down since the end of October. So I need to make up for that. But the good news is that I’ve reconnected with a few folks from an old writing group, and a new one is in the works. That will keep my toes to the fire.

All right, it’s Sunday night, and I’m tired. Go enjoy what’s left of your weekend. I’ll see you next week.

I’m Back, and I’m Up on Fantasy-Faction Again

So after a week of no reading–thankfully I was very busy, so the week flew by (if I was bored, the lack of reading would have destroyed me)–I’m back blogging and Facebooking and tweeting.

I also had another article go up on Fantasy-Faction. It’s about the costs and benefits of making your characters plain or very unique. I hope you enjoy it.

Once Again, Delilah S. Dawson Offers Great Writing Advice

Every now and then, Delilah S. Dawson will go on a bit of a jag, laying down a stretch of writing advice on her Twitter account. Later on, she organizes them on her website.

Yesterday, Dawson gave some great advice on editing your early drafts–why it’s important and how to go about it. There’s lots of good stuff in that thread, including a link to a very useful Chuck Wendig post on outlining. And I don’t think it’s in this thread, but yesterday she also linked to a great motivational post by Kait Nolan.

You know, it’s funny, when I write articles or other freelance assignments, I crank out early drafts, and then I revise them carefully, like Dawson suggests. However, when I write fiction, I tend to be very precious with my rough drafts–revising as I go instead of barreling through. I don’t know why, but it’s definitely something I need to fix.

As for outlining, I try to do do a lot of front-loading when I write a new story. I’d rather break it down and start over when I’m outlining than when I’m 75,000 words into a draft. In fact, that’s what I’ve been doing with my latest story–I think I’ve demolished my outline three times already. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just another way for me to be too precious.