Days 006/007: An Artist Must Sacrifice

Quote of the Day: “He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” –James Allen Total Word Count: 1,200 (+200) We live in the age of distraction. Countless hours are spent trying to keep up with recent information as it…

Day 005: Overcoming Writer’s Block

Quote of the Day: “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” –Voltaire Total Word Count: 1,000 (+100) When pursuing any creative endeavor, it’s common to experience a moment where the creative juices seem to stop flowing. And when that happens, the production of art can grind to a complete stop. Having experienced this…

Day 004: How Long Should A Novel Be?

Quote of the Day: “Well begun is half done.” –Aristotle Total Word Count: 900 (+44) When going about crafting your novel, eventually you may start to consider what the proper length of it should be. The short answer: However long it needs to be. But, for a better understanding, it depends on the genre. A…

Day 003: Reasons to Write A Novel

Quote of the Day: “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with their song still in them.” –Henry David Thoreau Total Word Count: 856 (+127) Everyone has a multitude of stories and experiences just waiting to be told. Sometimes it’s best expressed through art or music, but if…

Day 002: The Importance of Routine

Quote of the Day: “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying, “I don’t want to.” –Lao Tzu Total Word Count: 729 (+186) One of the greatest disciplines a writer can develop is sitting at their desks and writing every day, rain or shine. But I know life can…

The Elements of A Great Story

  While writing, I got to thinking about my favorite stories and why they ended up that way. While the sum may be greater than the whole of its parts, I wondered what exactly made a story remarkable. I even made a little list below. • A standout story premise • Beautiful prose • Complex…

The 100 Day Novel Writing Project Begins!

Writing a novel has been one of my longstanding dreams. I’ve written almost daily in pursuit of it. However, it quickly became apparent that I’ve been running headfirst into the same setbacks for years on end. Perfectionism, constantly jumping ship to new ideas as they occur, fear of failure, etc. My self-defeating behavior quickly killed…