Tag: writing preparation

How Do I Outline?

Posted June 19, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How Do I Outline?

During the previous The Writing Sidekick, someone asked this question (or one very similar to it) and it’s one worth exploring, especially with another TWS on the horizon. Let’s set aside the pantser versus plotter debate. Outlining isn’t necessarily plotting It’s like the whole square and rectangle issue. A square (plotting) is always a rectangle (outlining), but a […]

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron {Book Review}

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron {Book Review}

I have a love-hate relationship with reading books about topics I’m learning. Immersing yourself in theory is GREAT, but nothing teaches you like practice. That said, finding the right books to read can boost your abilities in whatever you’re learning (we’re learning about writing here). This review kicks off a feature about writing books I’ve read and want to recommend […]

What’s a good writing schedule?

Posted April 3, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
What’s a good writing schedule?

If you want to write a book, you need to, you know, write. But a lot of writers get stuck in the rut of wanting to do it “right” with the perfect writing schedule. The perfect writing schedule may not exist One reason I love working with authors is that they’re a diverse group. No […]

4 Benefits of NOT Writing Alone

Posted March 27, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
4 Benefits of NOT Writing Alone

Writing is an incredibly lonely and isolating activity. It’s just you, your words, and your thoughts. And if you’re anything like me, not all your thoughts are positive. That’s why it’s dangerous to write alone. And no, I’m not talking about co-writing. I’m talking about a group of writers working on their own projects. Without […]