Day #31: Happy Halloween

Congratulations! You made it through 31 days of Preptober and our final day is here on Halloween. So treat your story to a free day to tweak away. Add the elements you need, take out the extras you don’t need. The choice is yours on the final day. Take a look at all the piecesContinue reading “Day #31: Happy Halloween”

Day #30: Subtraction Day

Sunday is here and I’m heading to day #2 of my Fall Bonanza craft sale event in Minnesota. I think I had icicles hanging off my nose on the artificial turf of the Woodbury Sports Center. My guess is they rely on body heat of athletes playing sports instead of stationary handmade artists. No matterContinue reading “Day #30: Subtraction Day”

Day #29: Addition Day

Saturday is here and I’m huddled under my coat in a sports area with hundreds of other crafters and artists. In the middle of talking to the dazed and excited event goers I’m sitting and typing in a few words for my blog because Preptober must go on and it’s almost the end. Yesterday, youContinue reading “Day #29: Addition Day”

Day #28: Interview Your Characters

We only have 4 more days to go and Preptober will be over! One thing that I like to do to help development story is Interview my characters. I find that this exercise helps me get out of my own head and ask the tough questions. Pretending that I’m an entertainment reporter helps me stepContinue reading “Day #28: Interview Your Characters”

Day #27: Review

After your free day is the vision of your story there yet? We’re only a few days away from filling all the blank pages of our book. At this point, the structure of your story should be in place, your chapters should be started, and you should feel good about the twists and turns ofContinue reading “Day #27: Review”

Day #26: Free Day

Are your hands and fingers tired from filling in all those plot holes for the past few days? Feel like you could use a reward before the end of Preptober because of your dedication? During a monthly challenge I build in days that keep us working on your prompts but that give our brains aContinue reading “Day #26: Free Day”

Day #25: Plot Hole Day #2

Monday is over and I hope yesterday helped your story plot along. However, when it comes to editing or making changes I know that it can take a longer amount of time to do. Making one change may set off a series of changes that go back to the beginning of your novel. Understanding thatContinue reading “Day #25: Plot Hole Day #2”

Day #24: Plot Hole Day

I’m driving through the streets in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and trying not to feel down about the leaves that fell into the street after a windy day. More of the bright reds, oranges, and yellows were stripped from the trees and I’m bracing for the cold. To my horror, the white stuff hasContinue reading “Day #24: Plot Hole Day”

Day #23: Untwist

This weekend was a small creative burst filled with fake moss, pine cones, and make-believe fairy bottles. The story I’m going to write next month is coming along. I used the process I’m sharing a few times but the novel that I wanted to write always felt like there was something missing. When that happensContinue reading “Day #23: Untwist”

Day #22: Finding Your Voice

I hope you had time to read through all the pages you’ve been working on this month. It might be the weekend and a little late in the afternoon but that doesn’t mean our prep work is done. We are still on day #22. A longer amount of time to work on your stories meanContinue reading “Day #22: Finding Your Voice”

Day #21: Reading Day

Today we get to take a little break for Preptober. Hold back those pens and keyboards, I know some may want to keep going but pausing is important. A break means that we’re going to take out our folder and read through all the contents. Yes, today is a reading day and that’s all we’reContinue reading “Day #21: Reading Day”

Day #20: What’s Missing?

I hope a second day of working on the first paragraphs of your chapters helped inspire and get you thinking about your novel. The pages in your folder should be growing in size and it’s time for us to add in more layers to our story. Day #20 is all about asking the question ofContinue reading “Day #20: What’s Missing?”