Recently I got into an interesting discussion with a fellow writer about the importance of good writing. I had mentioned that I was hooked on a series of books that had a fantastic plot but that the writing wasn't great, even though it was a New York Times bestseller. My friend was shocked to hear… Continue reading Art of Writing or Thrill of the Plot?
Admit it, revision is never a fun process. The joy and excitement of creating something new got on the last bus out of town. There's nothing left to do but take a long hard look at your freshly hatched baby and realize you're only a small percentage of the way done. The real work now begins.… Continue reading The Pain and Beauty of Revision
I used to think I couldn't write unless I had at least an hour or more to devote to it. Which, of course, rarely happens, since a little thing called 'life' always seems to get in the way. Day after day of zero word counts would pass, and my frustration would only grow. Finding the time… Continue reading The Beauty of Distracted Writing
I can totally handle any and all distractions today and will do nothing but write. This is a lie I tell myself every day. Not that I expect to do nothing but write all day, but the fact that I believe I can dodge distraction is just laughable. I'm a distractible person. I am distractor.… Continue reading Snapchats and piles of laundry
I was appalled and dismayed to see that today is the last day of the month. This could have something to do with the fact that I lost about half the month to illness, dental emergencies and ER visits, but whatev, right? The fact of the matter is, March. Is. Over. Which means 2015 is… Continue reading 2015 Goal Check-In
So I've been focusing on my writing lately (hence, the lack of blog posts!) And I've been reading about writing (that always sounds funny to me, but it's true.) And over the past 8 days I've had the opportunity to attend 3 different writing events. I say 'opportunity' because earlier this week I got sick and didn't… Continue reading Practice Writing