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.
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 five: 10,593 of 50,000 Now something about that is just downright unsettling. -Jayne Cobb Please bear with me – this is a difficult post to write. I’ve encountered something unexpected. It isn’t about writing, or word count, or about the anxiety over getting this novel done, because that’s going fine. It’s about success, if you … More Baggage Claim
Day Three: 6,212 of 50,000 words So far things are going really well. I’ve written a little over 2,000 words each of the three days so far. At night, my brain keeps track of the time and has kindly fallen into the writing rhythm I cultivated last November: when it’s time to write, I write, … More On things going well and encountering an old enemy