Wander Mind Fiction

Fantasy and science fiction writing by Nicole Lungerhausen

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Writing with My Pants(ing) Off

Last fall, I decided to write a novel. My first. Rather than pantsing it, which is how I normally write, I wanted to give plotting a spin. Bought this book and this other one recommended to me by writer friends as being helpful. When NaNoWriMo rolled around in November, I began outlining the novel. I […]

On Rejection, Positive Thinking, and Gold-Producing Frogs

What a week. I’ve been completing and submitting short stories on the regular since January and getting rejections left right and center recently. This week I also got rejected by a top-notch summer writing workshop (it rhymes with Marion Best. Oh, that’s too easy, let’s just call it Clarion W.). This year was the first […]

Let’s Build a Better World!

A few months ago, I decided to focus on improving my worldbuilding skills. Because, hoo boy, do they improvement. Since I started writing again a few years ago, I’ve had a free-writing, free-wheeling “let’s throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to worldbuilding. Writing from an intuitive place is fun, but it’s […]

Getting hold of my senses

I’ve been doing the Six Weeks, Six Senses writing practice with Sarah Selecky Writing School. Each week has a writing assignment that focuses on a different sense. I’ve found it well-worth doing because: a) it’s getting me out of my comfort zone when it comes to including all the senses in my work. Like a […]

6 Writing Resources That Helped Me in 2018

In mid-2018, I had the opportunity to make a big change in my life. Through a combination of incredible luck, good timing and careful planning, I was able to step away from my day job and commit to being a fantasy and sci-fi writer full-time. I’m glad I made this change and feel deeply fortunate […]

Writing from the Senses – Sight

I’m in a contrary mood. Right now, I’m editing short stories that have been languishing in my “in progress” folder this year. But I’m also yearning to write something from scratch. I’m basically a crow in human form: happy to trade the shiny thing in my beak for the new shiny object in the next […]

5 Ways to TGIF During NaNoWriMo

  National Novel Writing Month  is not for the faint of heart. For the 30 days hath November, you envision, create and type like a bat out of hell, all to reaching the goal of having a novel of at least 50,000 words by the end of the month. But hey – it’s Friday! Time to […]