Dear writers and readers, happy holidays! For the Love of Story As the holidays roll in, I’m feeling more hopeful about my writing and slowly inching my way out of long non-writing periods. Sometimes I want to put aside the novel I’m trying to revise, or write short stories instead. Sometimes I hate all the… Continue reading Once A Writer, Always A Writer
A Support System Recently I realized that I don’t have a proper writing support group. Sure, I have a critique group and I submit pieces or chapters to them twice a month, we meet and give each other feedback. But that’s not enough. To really see what I mean, look at the Acknowledgements page of… Continue reading We don’t have to go it alone!
So pretentious! When I was in college, a friend and I would sometimes compare our creative writing classes with each other’s. We would discuss what makes a good critique, our stories, and classmates’ stories. Being foolish young adults, we sometimes even mocked our classmates’ writing for being “too pretentious”. So what is it? But what… Continue reading What is pretentious writing?
Studying Writing About Tough Topics There are endless books to capture the tougher things in life, because life is generally tough, and people write about life, don’t they? But some books capture the tougher things in life better than others. Even fantasy! Some would say that fantasy, the genre that is my very favorite, is… Continue reading Fantasy isn’t just Escape
Mind and Heart Even though my NaNoWriMo failed almost before it had begun, I learned a good deal of things, both practical and heart-related, when writing in November. Get Those Pages Down! …and Read. I learned to keep going, even if you fall short of your goal. Make another, smaller goal, and write for that.… Continue reading Writing Lessons From November
I am so, so pleased to see this topic – my main topic of this blog, basically! – appear on Writer Unboxed. This post could be considered part of my series on writing your emotional truths, really, a sortof guest post, on another blog. Here is the link: Writer Unboxed studying emotional truth. Here are… Continue reading Make Emotions Come to Life in Your Writing
Wow! Just read this excellent, smart article about writing and being politically correct, and how to describe our books to others: Writing in a Trigger-Happy World
Writing From the Heart If you read the mission statement on the right-hand column on this blog, you’ll see that writing from the heart is one important point. So, what exactly is writing from the heart? I’ve posted about these topics in these couple of posts about writing your truth – in short, this means,… Continue reading Writing From, or About, the Heart (YOUR Heart!)
Another fantabulous post over on Writer Unboxed – did you know they’re also publishing a collection?! So exciting! Link
Reading Helps Me Think About Writing My writing work this week, coupled with reading The Artist’s Way and a fiction book, have made me very thoughtful. How does one go about plotting a clever book that will be unpredictable and engage the reader? This has been my topic of the week. I started out by… Continue reading Planning Your Novel, Part 1