Back in 2017, I wrote a short novel for NaNoWriMo called “Against the Night.” It was the first time I’d participated in the event, and I wanted to prove to myself I could write 50,000+ words in a month. I’d read a lot about the Pomodoro method and so-called “writing sprints”–that is, setting a timer and writing for fifteen to twenty minutes with the goal of putting as many words down as possible–but I’d never tried the method myself.

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Mid-Week Update

This post should have come yesterday, but I got stuck at work until around 9:30 last night, so that didn’t happen. Normally I’d have another movie review up by now, but I’ve been pretty focused on other things at the moment. I did see two movies on Netflix over the weekend, Jonathan and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, which I may review at some point in the future, but other than those I haven’t had a ton of time for movies or TV. 

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I’ve talked to a lot of writers about outlining, and in general I’ve found there’s two predominant methodologies: pantsing and plotting (also sometimes referred to as gardening and architecture). I’ve tried both methods, and I think I’m most comfortable somewhere in between.

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Writing Update

I’ve been writing short stories lately, some of which I plan to serialize here on my blog for free. Part 2 of Hunter’s Moon will be up tomorrow morning, and I’ll continue posting every Saturday until that story is wrapped up. There are around 12 parts, each approximating 1,000 words.

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Writing Short Fiction

I’ve always enjoyed reading short stories, probably moreso than novels. Some of my favorite living writers started in short fiction, and to date, I still regularly read collections and anthologies. There’s an art to writing a good short story, and I think a common misconception is that they are easier than novels, which in my experience is most definitely not the case.

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