I did it! I finished my draft! And now . . . ohhh boy, is it a mess. I’m not talking about awkward sentences and sparse details—though there’s certainly plenty of that. I’m talking about huge plot and character shifts part way through, characters I introduced, then ghosted on, a beloved pet dog that appears … Continue reading Puzzling Out Your Revisions
This writing business is not an easy one. At any given moment, you will find folks in the writing community who are celebrating great successes, others wondering if they should quit for good, and all of the iterations in between. As a writer, I sometimes feel like I boarded a tiny boat on a big … Continue reading Stages of Writing
A few months ago, I sat in front of my computer and stared and stared at my manuscript, hoping that something would start talking to me soon because I had a deadline to meet. This wasn’t an abnormal thing. Staring at a Word doc (or Scrivener doc) while time passed and still no words were … Continue reading Can you REALLY give up on writing?
It creeps under doorways, rises through vents, incorporating everything and everyone in its path, zapping them of energy, physical and mental. It’s a destroyer of focus and productivity, causing its victims to write at a snail’s pace, stare at blank screens, and abandon projects. I call it the Sludge, and I’ve been trying to wade … Continue reading Trudging Through Sludge
Happy Love Day everyone! It's that special time of the year where we shower those we love with gifts, compliments, and all the things we should be doing anyway throughout the year. So what about that other love you have? What about writing? Doesn't that special part of you need a little reminder of what … Continue reading The Love of Writing
I have a slight (okay, huge) problem with staying focused on tasks that I don't want to do. Sometimes it's because I find a task boring--like housework. Or it's repetitive, or I don't see the point, or . . . I love it, and I find it interesting, and I want to do it, buuuuuuuut it's … Continue reading Focus
Can we all just agree that the last two weeks have been the worst? I mean it. No matter what side of the political debate you fall on, the aftermath of this election has taken a toll on all of us. I’m not here to get political, but I do want to address this toll … Continue reading How to Write When You Just Don’t Wanna