Sometimes, it is impossible to get started. We sit at the paper or computer, and as soon as we clear some mental space for ourselves and look for what we want to say, our minds crowd with The List. You know The List. It's a demonic little thing that pops up and tells us all … More Unstuck: Do Something Else
Retell a fairy tale. When I was a little girl, we had an in-wall space heater in the basement rec room, the kind I've only seen in cheap hotels, but I am sure that the original decorators thought it was the height of interior design. Anyway, in the winter, my dad and I would pile … More Unstuck: What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write – Retell a Story
This approach is for the kind of stuck that just keeps us from writing anything at all, even a small practice piece or blog, when words simply won't come and we are left feeling empty and alone, abandoned at the start, and we are lost and frozen in space, searching for he brilliance we are … More Unstuck: What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write – Write Reality
I know that this is the gear-up month for NaNo, and this is probably not the headline many are looking for. I also know that I didn't blog yesterday, despite promising to post every day this month. I didn't write at all, in fact. Because something more important was happening. Well, two things. One was … More Sometimes Writing Isn’t Important
A lot of people ask me questions about writing so much. They ask me how I come up with ideas, where I find the time, if my boyfriend misses me, if I intend of self publishing, when I will edit…. But more than anything, writers will ask me how I keep from getting stuck. And … More On Being Stuck, or, Embrace the Stuck
*I appologize for not getting this up last night. It was late, and some technical glitches were more than I wanted to deal with. As some of you may have noticed from my previous post, I am not a fan of outlining. In fact, it takes everything I have not to go on a rant … More Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion
Things that are not actually writing: Looking for that tab you had open as reference material for a blog entry Outlining Complaining about not writing Practicing your quick-draw technique in case of a duel Sharpening your samurai sword Slimming down your collection of 5,000 fonts Tweeting Facebooking Searching the web to see of other people … More Are You Actually Writing?