Archive for February 2015

Article on omniscient POV is up at last!

Well, I made it with one day to spare: my article on omniscient viewpoint is published at long last. I guess it really does work to give myself a deadline; I promised I’d have this done by the end of February, and I was ashamed enough this morning when I glanced at the date on the calendar to finally get it done.

Just as with my article on multiple POV, I had to overcome some internal resistance to write about omniscient narration, since it’s not my favorite thing. But it gives me a deep sense of satisfaction to know that I’m only one article away from finishing this series—and I’m already wondering what the next series may be. If there is anything that you’d like to see me write about it, please fill out the Contacts form and let me know.



Try my new method to prime your writing pump

When I started this experiment in techniques to jump-start my writing back in December, I didn’t intend for it to be anything more than a way to send a jolt of electricity through my post-op brain and get my writing neurons firing again. But when I discovered that neither Julia Cameron’s morning pages nor Natalie Goldberg’s freewriting were targeted enough to achieve what I wanted, I brewed my own method that I call Priming the Pump. You can read about my entire experiment in three parts over on my blog, Spontaneous Combustion.

My pump has certainly been primed. Not only did I finally plot my way through the second half of my middle grade novel, but I also started churning out chapters. I also produced the blog post mentioned above, and I finally started drafting the fifth installment of my web series on POV. I hope to finally get the long-promised article on omniscient POV published here before the end February. I’ll let you know when it goes live.

And in the meantime, I’ve got the Readers Digest Condensed Version of my Priming the Pump method available here on a new page I’m calling Featured Writing Tips. If you try this method, I would love to hear your comments. Post them over on my blog, or email me here. I hope it’s as fruitful for you has it has already been for me!