Writing Starts with Organizing

Before other pantsers get up in arms about today’s blog title, let me reassure them: I am not talking about outlining today. I’m still a diehard, let’s-dive-into-this-project-to-see-where-it-goes pantser, so no one needs to panic that I’m about to wax rhapsodic about the beauties of creating an outline before writing a story. Today, I’m talking about... Continue Reading →

Mid-break Check-in

I am halfway through my holiday break from work, and it’s a good time to check in on my writing progress. Unfortunately, I don’t have nearly as much progress to report as I had hoped. So far, I was only able to get writing done on the 17th, 18th, and 23rd. I was fighting a... Continue Reading →

Another DIY Writing Retreat

Photo by Andrea Davis on Unsplash My employer gives all of the staff two weeks off each December for the holidays. This is time off that does not count against our PTO, which is used for federal holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In return for that chunk of time off, they ask that we periodically... Continue Reading →

Shaking Off the Rust

I have the good fortune to be attending the Writer Unboxed On Conference. For those who aren’t familiar with Writer Unboxed, it’s a writing community “dedicated to publishing empowering, positive, and provocative ideas about the craft and business of fiction.” They have a regular pool of writers, agents, and editors who contribute to the site,... Continue Reading →

SNAFU or FUBAR?

A quick perusal of social media shows I’m not the only person who is struggling to maintain any kind of normal routine.That’s not surprising. We’re still mired in COVID lockdowns. We’re seeing repeated reasons for social and political unrest: Police shooting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and not being held accountable for it.... Continue Reading →

Like a Moth to a Flame

Howdy, y’all. Thanks for sticking with me, despite my occasional flaky behavior.Somehow, I didn’t get a blog post written last week. Although I’d have bet money that I wrote one and posted it. But I can’t find it in my files or on the website. Maybe I dreamt I had?I’ve had a LOT of truly... Continue Reading →

Giving the Audience Time to Breathe

My spouse and I have watched Charlie’s Angels (the one released in 2019) every night since Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll start off by saying that I really don’t understand why it has only a 51% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Actually, I can probably guess why it has that rating, but I think that rating is horseshit.... Continue Reading →

What Is Normal, Anyway?

A lot of writers have already crafted posts and articles with tips on how to be more productive during the shelter-in-place orders that so many of us are facing. The Internet is full of resources for learning new languages, improving our baking skills, exercising at home, and homeschooling advice.We can find lists of the must-watch... Continue Reading →

Writing from the Heart

My critique partners and writing instructors often comment that my fiction isn’t as emotionally engaging as it could be. That criticism doesn’t surprise me because I know that I have a deep-seated fear of my emotions. For the past five or six months, I’ve been working with a therapist to address those fears. My therapist... Continue Reading →

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