Good morning, everyone! I hope you are all managing OK out there.NaNoWriMo is over and I've been struggling. I had developed a daily habit, but now it's fallen to the wayside. I've been struggling to know what to write, because like I said in my earlier post, I'm getting to more historical events in my… Continue reading Post-NaNoWriMo Struggle
A Little Break I have to confess, I've been feeling quite bogged down. National Novel Writing Month is almost over, and I still only have about 15k words of my novel done. The election drags on. Friends who don't believe in the virus insist that my 2 weeks of hellish experience were "just the flu".… Continue reading Down in the Bog
It's almost time to start drafting our National Novel Writing Month novels in November 2020! How do you feel? I feel: ExcitedNervousUnder-prepared The NaNoWriMo website talks about types of writers: those who plan and outline ("Plotters"), those who don't ("Planners"), and those who are somewhere in-between ("Plansters"?).I am usually a plotter type, who does outlines… Continue reading NaNo 2020 is around the corner! Are you ready??
Tarot Inspirations In my first tarot and writing post I said I'd be sharing my tarot drawings, but instead I'm going to share a new thing that has come up for me. The Fool's Journey When I first started studying tarot, one of the books I read (alas, I can't remember which) told the story of… Continue reading Tarot and Writing: 2
Thought of the Week How do you feel a character's emotions and motivations? How do you write them well? Personal Recently I had someone in my monthly writing group point out a bad bit of plotting and a major character motivation issue, all in chapter 4, the chapter where I feel my book really gets… Continue reading Character Motivations and Emotions
Lately I've fallen into a terrible pattern of writer's discouragement. I doubt that my writing is good, and I do less writing. I compare myself too much to other writers. Yesterday I finally forced myself to read some notes and got some ideas for revising the next chapter of my fantasy novel. So today, here… Continue reading Battling Discouraged Writer Syndrome
What is Mystical? Dictionary.com defines mystical as: of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc. Have you ever thought about slapping some mystical into your writing? I confess that I never really did, until now. Obviously, I'm writing fantasy, so going on hikes and visiting little circles of mushrooms, known by some as 'faerie… Continue reading Slap some Mystical into Your Writing!
I suffer from perfectionism when I sit down to write, sometimes. Anyone else? I'm sure others out there do, too... Maybe I should do a thread of posts about this issue. I would also like to finish my Artist's Way series! It's just so hard to read it alone...I have trouble following through on doing… Continue reading Perfectionism
Sharing There are 3 books I super loved in 2016, and I'd like to share them with you. Ka-POW! The first book is the one I just read. It is a contemporary YA novel, with no magical flashings - not my usual read. But I found it on a list of BEST YA of 2016,… Continue reading Ba-ZAM! Books of 2016
http://img-aws.ehowcdn.com/340x221p/photos.demandstudios.com/getty/article/165/98/89686001.jpg 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… Continue reading What is pretentious writing?