So there’s this amazing writer who is blogging anonymously. No names, no faces. The poetry and prose – even the rants 12kilroy writes are all lyrical, whimsical, gorgeous, and dark in turns. Nearly every poem makes me exhale in wonder at the end – a sigh of relief that some great and simple truth was … More A Link to a Poem Within a Blog
I just really needed to share this with someone. Because I may be a bit mad. It is 2:30 am. I had four hours of sleep last night. I’ve written two novels so far this year, and have only two very short days until I must begin the next one. So, what am I doing? … More Good Habits are Hard to Break?
Day Twenty-Seven: 50,685 of 50,000 words Despite getting this month off to a rocky start, and thanks to a mild stomach flu that kept me relatively downed this weekend, I’m done. Done I tell you! Well, you know, until next month. In three days. The disturbing bit is that despite the setbacks this month, I’m … More Two Down, Ten To Go!
Every Sunday, I choose a passage of wisdom from someone who knows better and much more than I do about writing, life, the universe and/or everything. Share and enjoy! I found this bit of wisdom on Neil Gaiman’s blog. Since I talk so much about first drafts, I thought we could use a bit of … More Inspiration #6
Day Twenty Four: 42,563 of 50,000 words You’ve got to be willing to waste any time you want to spend being creative. At least at first. It’s because we suck at actually valuing the time spent being creative as a society overall. We love the idea of perfect writing, but the time spent on writing it? … More Developing Writing Practice #1: Write or Not
So… my boyfriend has found a new way of tormenting me helping me achieve my goals. When I say something important yet perhaps crazy, he takes out his iPhone and records me repeating what I said. So it’s on the record. He recorded this idea I had today, so I think I’m stuck with it; … More A Mad Idea…
Day Twenty One: 37,279 of 50,000 words I write fast. And messy. It’s how I’ve learned to do things. It’s because at heart I’m a classic overthinker; if I don’t get words on the page before I have a chance to analyze what I’m doing, it doesn’t happen. Perfectionism is the middle name of my … More Musing Upon Shitty First Drafts
Day Twenty: 34,062 of 50,000 words Funny thing, this month. When I can blog, my novel isn’t working. Then when the novel starts to work, I can’t seem to blog. This one is being squeezed out despite those little perfectionist demons telling me I really ought to talk to the internets only when I have … More In Which the Writer Doesn’t Edit This Post
Every Sunday, I choose a passage of wisdom from someone who knows better and much more than I do about writing, life, the universe and/or everything. Share and enjoy! Basically, if you want to become a good writer, you need to do three things. Read a lot, listen well and deeply, and write a lot. … More Inspiration #5
Day Eighteen: 28,481 of 50,000 words I was going to blog tonight, but this damned plot has finally started to put itself together in some semblance of a story – it’s still a bit like a paper maché sculpture dropped in a full bathtub, but I think I can see the shape of things to … More I Ask You….