When I was younger, I was a big roller coaster fan. My brother and I used to spend a day at Six Flags doing nothing but running from one coaster to the next. When my kids hit the daredevil stage, I was right there in line with them, willing and able to ride the tallest,… Continue reading Thrilled, but vaguely nauseous. Thanks for asking….
As writers we dedicate a good deal of time to honing our skills. I don’t know any author who doesn’t seek to improve and grow in the craft. But sometimes I think we place a little too much emphasis on technique and not enough on instinct. You see, I’m a pantser. I wrote my first… Continue reading Embracing my inner pantser
There’s a blank page staring me in the face. It isn’t that I don’t have plenty of ideas. I have an entire Evernote workbook stuffed full of bunnies. And a few of those ideas are fairly well outlined. There are some fairly large blocks of dialogue and scene synopses in that file. I have all… Continue reading Drawing a blank
Like many writers, I find music inspirational, but it wasn’t until I was reworking my playlists that I realized how much of a role music plays in my writing. Here are a few lines from song that have been an inspiration to me. “I can see it in your eyes that you despise the same… Continue reading The Sound of Inspiration
We all know how to use introspection to convey important plot/character points in our stories, but do we use it enough when it comes to our careers? When I first started writing, I moved from one project to the next without thinking beyond ‘The End’, but that’s not true anymore. As I shared back in… Continue reading Introspection: A Writer’s best friend
So, as I told you last month, I’m already wading into NaNoWriMo. That means this month I’ll be focused on finding the right balance between real life and writing so I can complete my goal without ending up unemployed, divorced, or besieged by a killer rabbit. Would any of you be shocked to hear that… Continue reading Shh. Don’t tell…
Next month I will chase after my fifth National Novel Writing Month win. Whoo hoo! For anyone who may be unfamiliar with the concept of NaNoWriMo, the theme is ‘Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!’ This means that you write your sweet tuchas off for thirty days, trying to reach a goal of 50,000… Continue reading NaNoWriMo prep