Embracing the Chaos

I’m not sure why, but I really struggle with titles. I know some writers who come up with the perfect title for their stories. Some use a key theme from the story, while others rely on some clever pun that they then work into their narrative. But I suck at titles. Even for something as... Continue Reading →

My Intentions

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions. I think they’re a lot of pressure right after an extended period of stress. Here in the States, we’ve just finished the big holiday season. We’ve spent weeks comparing our cooking, decorating, and gift-giving skills with all our relatives and friends. Many of us haven’t lived up to... Continue Reading →

Blocked, Lazy, or Bored?

Managing a writing life is more challenging than the average bear might realize. Sure, it seems easy. You sit at a computer or with paper and writing utensil and dream up new worlds, people, and conflicts. Kids around the world do this all day as they play. Storytelling, inventing new games or imaginary friends, and... Continue Reading →

The Physics of Writing

I’m not usually a person who finds profound inspiration for life in mundane tasks and chores. That’s why I’m surprising myself by writing this post. A few months ago, we added an adult Chesapeake Bay retriever named Circus to the household. We haven’t had a dog before, and she’s here on a trial basis. I’m... Continue Reading →

Searching for Words

Since the results of the Presidential election were announced, a lot of writers and artists have blogged or used social media to talk about their struggles to find the energy needed for creativity. One of the most eloquent—and profane—takes on this feeling comes from the ever-amazing Chuck Wendig, who explains at length about why being... Continue Reading →

Revision Insights

Revisions on my romance novel stalled a few months ago. Admittedly, some of the delays were unavoidable. Buying a house and moving took a lot of time and energy, and I’m not going to beat myself up for putting those tasks ahead of my writing. It’s what I needed to do. But I also know... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow Isn’t Promised

I’ve mentioned on this blog that I’m more than a bit obsessed with Hamilton: An American Musical. Like the good fangirl I am, I watched as many news programs and interviews as possible where its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, talked about the show and his creative process. In an interview with Charlie Rose on... Continue Reading →

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