Attention all writers! Just as a reminder: a rest day is sometimes needed. You've worked a bunch lately and have accomplished a lot even if you can't tell. Take some the time to rest and rejuvenate. You deserve it.
It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or perhaps even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could be written? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point a lot during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading Stuck in NaNoWriMo
Sometimes the world may be against you. Everything may seem to fall apart as if you can’t get anything done. But even writing down three words is progress towards a goal. Three more strokes of a painting. Three more pages of a book. A little bit a day can go a long way.
The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I had to pause the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character … Continue reading Character names
Sometimes I wonder if my taste in literature discredits me for an English major and/or a writer. The more I dive into the writing world, the more I realize I don't fit in some areas. I love writing and editing. I can discuss creative work for days. However, I don't like old literature too much. … Continue reading What could discredit me
I used to believe that monsters lived under my bed. They loved scaring me in the dark. “That’s where they stay,” Society told me. “Where they belong.” But Society also ordered me to keep my stomach flat so people would like me. Short hair was for men. Lesbian. I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t lift anything … Continue reading Real Monsters
After writers send their work out to be critiqued, it can feel as if forever stands in front of them. Time has stopped. Even as life goes by, nothing happens to them. They wait, filled with butterflies. Days and months and years all feel like lifetimes. Perhaps it's because they're nervous. They just sent their … Continue reading Waiting forever
There's always awards - a winner - when it comes to creative arts. A favorite to pick. But it doesn't have to be that way. I attended a music festival a while back. I stood surrounded by creativity of different genres and styles. A line stood between the artists in the middle of the day; … Continue reading Less than or equal to?
Sometimes I think it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I started as a small girl in Dallas. I tried writing a novel about puppies with super powers in a Captain Jack Sparrow journal. I handwrote many chapters that took up about half the journal before I quit. I had a … Continue reading Writing origins
Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought that I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to improve other than just writing more? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to get better … Continue reading Writing Every Day