Even if you have no interest in ever running a marathon (or even a 5K), if you’re “competing” in the 50K/30.0 “marathon” of NaNoWriMo, you’re still a marathoner in my book.
This post is going to be difficult for me to write. Difficult, because that’s what all writing has been for me lately--difficult. And for a very good reason. . . . For many people, writing comes as a solace during difficult times. When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, for instance—like I did … Continue reading Writing (or not) After Loss
I was recently in an online discussion concerning a new presenter in the MasterClass series. There were several people who were excited about the new presenter, but wondered if the curriculum they would have access too would be too fundamental for their current level. It’s a valid question, in particular when it comes to a … Continue reading Dear Writer: Keep Learning
Recently, a gentleman new to my neighborhood posed a question that every writer must grapple with at some point. Over the last few months, our interactions have mostly been of the greet-in-passing variety, until recently, when he stopped me and asked an important question. “How do you find the motivation to write the next book?” … Continue reading Motivation Is Not the Problem
So far this year, I’ve read 94 books (no idea if that’s a lot—many people read lots more a year), 28 of which happened in the last month and a half. I’m in the middle of three more right now. I always think I like one particular genre, but based on my selections, that’s not … Continue reading Thoughts on Reading
Happy NaNoWriMo everyone! At the time of this posting it will be nearly the halfway mark of the competition. For those who are participating perhaps a little roadblock has popped up. The dreaded wall, much like the one's runners face when doing a marathon. It's okay. It happens to us all, even when not pumping … Continue reading 16 Quotes to Get Over the Hump
We are excited to welcome our newest contributor Patricia Friedrich! In a recent workshop with the wonderfully talented Lisa Cron, whose book Story Genius I had read, I learned something about my love of big words. It turns out that, whereas my big words had helped me in my academic career, they were at times … Continue reading The Time & Place for BIG WORDS