I did this last Sunday, too, and I think I’ll make it a permanent feature. Don’t worry about talent or capability: that will grow as you practice… So just practice writing, and when you learn to trust your voice, direct it. If you want to write a novel, write a novel. If it’s essays you … More Inspiration #2
I’ve been trying to write a post today – all day, and with extremely limited success (try none), as is evidenced by it being, well, tomorrow. I woke up this morning with a mind like the tuffet-like pad left behind when all the dandelion fluff is blown away. Empty, vacant, bereft of my velvety cloud … More In Which the Writer has Wine
Day 27: 50,646 of 50,000 I’m going to go get some sleep now.
Day 25: 45,229 of 50,000 words I know a lot of people idealize the practice of writing every day, but sometimes (often) that’s simply not optimal. Like when you get to see your boyfriend for the first night in two weeks because you’ve been so busy writing a novel. I’m going to go watch a … More Date Night
Hey can I tell you guys something? I’m tired. Really, really tired. But in a good way. Last year I ran the Dirty Dash with some people from work, and it was hard. Much harder than I’d trained for, and much harder than I expected. But it was also the kind of hard that didn’t … More On Mud Pits and Fatigue
Day 21: 40,035 of 50,000 Instead of disturbing you with the fatigued working of my brain, a moment of inspiration for this winter night. Let go of everything when you write, and try at a simple beginning with simple words to express what you have inside. It won’t begin smoothly. Allow yourself to be awkward. … More Inspiration #1
Day Eighteen: 33,024 of 50,000 I’ve fallen behind on my word count; I would prefer at least a solid 36,0o0, but life is life and it gets underfoot like a hungry cat. Sometimes, a girl just needs her space. From the people who live in her head. I needed to get away from the words … More In Which the Writer is Too Tired to Make Sense
Day Fifteen: 28,227 of 50,000 We’re at that middle bit. If you’re the kind of person who only gets halfway through writing books before stopping, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the dreaded half-way point. The part where the beginning and all the groundwork is done, the real essence of the story is … More Unoriginal ranting and mid-month blues
Day Ten: 19,041 of 50,000 words When I catch myself researching how to write something, I know I’m in trouble. I just caught myself researching how to blog. Damn. The last few nights, between catching up on the blog and writing fiction, it’s the fiction that’s won. And for the last few nights, I’ve been … More You know when you have a perfect idea and sit down and write it perfectly? Yeah, me either.
Day Seven: 15,422 of 50,000 Trust your intuition. Part of what I love about writing fast is that the story has to take on a life of it’s own. I get a good character, one who has a tale to tell, and all my job becomes at that point is to sit down and let … More Small post for a Saturday night