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
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?
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
It’s one thing to express one’s opinion…and it’s another thing to downright insult somebody, by accident or unintentionally, right? Today this has come up for me in life. It all began with a college newspaper article about a group in my town that sells $5 homemade, cooked meals. They have a food distribution center, which… Continue reading Opinion VS Fact & the Death of Journalism
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!)