knitting

The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

This page from my knitting journal shows my sketch and initial notes for this hat, as well as a finished photo and the yarn label for the care instructions. SketchThis can be a rough as you want to make it, or it can be a finished drawing. No one has to see it if you… Continue reading The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

writing

Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

The Basic Query Process Pretty much every writer who hopes to be published has to query at some point. A Query letter is an email/letter sent to a publisher or agent, introducing yourself and your work. It may or may not be accompanied by a synopsis or sample pages, based on the requirements of that… Continue reading Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

writing

Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

I recently got into a discussion on Twitter about transitioning from short fiction to writing novels. The person I was talking to had difficulties, because by the time they wrote a one page synopsis, they basically had the entire story on one page, from beginning to end. They'd become so used to writing short stories… Continue reading Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

writing

Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part II

Part 2 in my series about writer's block and how to overcome it. Part one, regarding internal blocks can be found here. Part III, about character issues, can be found here. Last time we discussed how to handle blocks when the writer is the problem--all of the little mental issues that can keep a story… Continue reading Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part II