The only thing harder than beginning is re-beginning. I’ve been gone a long while, I know. I’ve wanted to write many times, wanted to share some thoughts that never materialized into words. I’ve also wanted to skip over the bit about me taking such a prolonged leave of absence and pretend no one has noticed … More I’m back, and then I am gone
I know, I've been away. For months. There is a saying out in the world, often attributed to either the Irish or Woody Allen interchangeably, but the origin makes it no less profound. If you want to make god laugh, make a plan. I started out this year with a plan. I was fresh … More I’ve been gone, making the gods laugh
There's nothing better than a good character; the kind of person you wish you could dive into the pages and buy them a drink, just to spend more time with them. A good character can save the times a plot needs to become tedious, and it can save the writer a lot of work when … More Developing Characters Part One: Getting to know you
Over time, I've often been asked a lot to talk about my writing process – the nuts and bolts of what I do when I sit down to write. And so far, I've resisted doing so, partly because I don't really know if I have a writing process, and partly because its a very self-conscious … More My Writing Process (with pictures)
Every now and then, 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! “We've been raised with a false belief: We mistakenly believe that criticism leads to failure. From the time we get to school, we're taught … More Inspiration #25
Forgive me for rambling, I'm rusty at this. I've been away. Away from the blog, away from home, from myself, even from writing. I needed a vacation. Irowboat's birthday is in April, and we decided to celebrate with a road trip in my new car to California – traveling to San Francisco and down the … More Distance, where I’ve been, and getting personal
Happy spring! Before I get too deep in my own thoughts, go sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo. I'll wait. Yes, you do have time. Camp lets you set your own word count goal, so no excuses. Go sign up. Because, writers, it's time to bloom again. It's been a long winter, and now the world … More Camp NaNoWriMo. Are you in?