As a writer I pull from my life to influence the stories I put on paper. I’m not talking so much about how they think and feel, though that is a large part of writing characters, I’m talking about my mental health and the state of my life and my family. If my brain isn’t… Continue reading Inspirations
I trekked northward for a visit with the family recently. It’s a long, boring drive made particularly arduous by the fact that I suffer motion sickness, which makes it impossible for me to read or write in the car. That means I lose over eighteen hours of productivity to the drone of the highway. I… Continue reading I saw a sign!
In the past month, we’ve had a lot of talk about writing goals on this blog. I babbled about the challenges I face in trying to juggle regular writing time into my day, Megan recapped the inspiration we found at our writer’s retreat at a gorgeous lodge in the Ozarks, and Cyndi explored the concept… Continue reading Pushing it
Ahhh I love chocolate. As a woman, who wouldn’t. It is decadent. It is delicious. It is soothing. It is miraculous. The properties inherent in this confection have an uplifting effect on most of us when ingested. I love chocolate. As a writer I experience those spells of self-doubt and even depression. They influence that… Continue reading The Miracle of Chocolate
People ask me how I come up with the ideas for my stories. It’s not always easy to answer this question. Sometimes the idea literally springs from nowhere. I can be inspired by music, images, news, and many other random everyday occurrences. A conversation with a co-worker about a date she had might create an… Continue reading The Random Muse
Music can be a writer’s muse. Some listen while they write with heads bobbing in time to the beat. Others listen to lyrics and dream of the story. Are you a writer you loves to listen while you work? There are many online resources for music. I recently discovered a website called Playlist.com. The… Continue reading The Music Muse
I’m not sure what it is about our little farm that drives us to add another animal to the menagerie, but we keep succumbing to the magic. We discussed getting another canine companion for our farm dog. The incessant feline intrusion to his feeding bowl leaves the poor guy all frustrated and living in a… Continue reading We Have a Bear