When people ask me about my hobbies I always say I love all things relating to storytelling: reading, writing, movies, theater, and cooking. There’s always a pause when I mention cooking. I get it, cooking doesn’t seem like it belongs on that list, but to me cooking and, food in general, is another way to… Continue reading Storytelling and Food
1) How do you plot novels? Do you outline?
I don’t do a lot of planning for the first draft. I’ll have a general idea of what the story is about and maybe a few key moments, but that’s it. I use the first draft to figure out the story. Then for every other draft I make a detailed scene list that go into depth on what happens in the scene, who’s involved, what’s the purpose of the scene and so on. I even go so far as to color code it each scene depending on how much work needs to be done anything from minor changes, to doing a complete rewrite, or even adding in missing scenes. So, by the time I’m done, I end up with this massive multi-tab spreadsheet that really lets me see how the story has evolved and changed with each draft.
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Christmas will be here before you know it and if you’re lucky there’s a writer on your list this year. Now we understand that writers are an odd bunch who spend excessive amounts of time staring blankly at a computer screen while mumbling incoherently to people who only exist in their mind, and you might be at a loss on what to get them for the holidays. Well fear not, that’s what we are here for!
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Here’s your writer gift-giving guide:
Most writers I know like to write with some kind of hot beverage at hand, so why not get them a cool mug to drink it out of and inspire them all at the same time? There are a ton of mugs out there with quotes just for writers. One of my…
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My first interview as an author.
We at Cabin in the Woods are so excited to bring you our first Indie Author Interview – with one of our founding members, no less!
Holly Ash is the author of the underwater science fiction series The Journey Missions. She has worked for the last ten years as an Environmental Engineer after receiving degrees in Environmental Science and English Literature from Central Michigan University. Her first published novel, Crystal & Flint, debuts one month from today!
Crystal & Flint follows Lieutenant Commander Crystal Wolf as she races to finish construction of the mega submarine, Journey, in order to calm political tensions on the planet Neophia and cement her already stellar military career. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Desiree Flint is facing the end of her own military career; determined to rebuild her reputation on Neophia, no matter the cost, she sets her sights on dethroning Commander Wolf in…
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