I want to be a writer. Specifically, I want to write and publish books. Books about vampires and fairies and an organization I created called the Wish Granter's Union. I want people to read what I write, to be inspired by my characters as I have been by other characters. I want to share what … More Focusing on the Outcome
Time to start again. I believe it is a rule that we are always lost when we begin. I have taken the last twenty days more or less off, a rest from the turbulence of the end of last year and the writing of the last twelve months. Time to recover and to remember how … More The Daunting Rebeginning
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
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
This is the last month before November, that great and terrible month where people across the world participate in a particular brand of insanity. Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. Many of them have never written even a short story, even more have never finished any writing project. If you have not signed … More October, or, NaNoWriMo Eve
There is no other way to say this: September was a bitch. It didn't come smoothly, despite finding regular writing times every week, and despite my efforts to not fall behind. But I did. Again. On the bright side, I only had 16,000 words left on the last day of the month instead of the … More Nine Down, Three (four) to Go! Or, what it is like to write 16,000 words in a day.
Thanks to dawnstarpony, I have been ruminating a great deal on stuckness (a word I will need to teach my iPad, because I will be using it a lot), and the unsticking and how we get stuck. And as a result, I hope to have a very good deal of posts about writing and getting … More You tell me: What Makes You Stuck?
Goals are important. Sticking to them is even more important. I have not been blogging, and for that I am sorry, life is still churning me about and giving me a little too much to do with my brain and my time and leaves me with precious little at the end of the day to … More The 30,000 Word Stall, or, so lost I know I’m on the right path.
Like last month, I finished on time, but found that I needed a few days to recover. To be honest, I finished at four in the morning of the first after a long day of marathon writing, curled up on irowboat's sofa with a glass of bourbon and the UK version of Being Human playing … More Eight Down, Four (Five) to Go!
I will have the promised post on getting and pushing past being stuck soon. But today, I want to talk about something else. Leaning into the fear. This year, I have unearthed more about myself than I knew was there to discover. As I have expressed before, writing this hard and fast doesn't leave any … More Leaning into Fear