Category: Writing

10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

With another round of Camp NaNoWriMo tucked under my belt, I find myself reviewing one of the aspects of writing I feel like I’ve really mastered: procrastination.  Normal NaNoWriMo is bad enough, but these days when the world is just a little heavier than usual, productivity is particularly difficult. So, if you’re like me and know you should be working on your WIP, but at the same time… you just don’t have the heart, here are a few alternative activities you may wish to try! Be warned:  almost none of these will help you make any progress on your project.  Proceed with caution! […]

Posted May 29, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments //
My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

A very long time ago, I remember reading a little meme or something of the sort saying that all writers need to keep a journal by their bed, because they’d wake up in the middle of the night with inspiration and need to jot it down before they forgot.  How many of you writer types out there relate to this feeling? … I definitely do.  I’m also the type of person who doesn’t like to turn on my light and wake my spouse, so if I wake up with the idea, I used to repeat it over and over in […]

Posted May 18, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments //
“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

In the early days of shelter-in-place mandates, a message sputtered up through the waves of social media: “Now that we’re all at home, we can Do That Thing!” For some people, “that thing” was learning a new instrument.  Really digging into learning Portuguese.  For many, it was perfecting sourdough bread (which I tease about, but I love sourdough bread… please keep baking!).  In writerly circles, the pressure seemed to be on writing:  you don’t have social engagements, so now you can finish that book. Doesn’t matter if the person was an aspiring novelist or a seasoned author – the vision […]

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments //
DabbleWriter:  Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

DabbleWriter: Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

Good morning everyone! I wanted to take a little time today to talk about the cloud-based writing software I’ve been using for the last couple years – DabbleWriter.  Please know that I am not a rep for this company and I am not receiving any benefits to discuss this tool – I just want to share something out of my Writing Toolbox. 🙂 Since the age of nine, I wrote in MS Word.  It was there on the computer and easy to use.  As the world has evolved, MS Word doesn’t really cut it anymore.  I want to be able […]

Posted March 30, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //
The Importance of My Writer Tribe

The Importance of My Writer Tribe

If you’re in the bookish community, you’ve probably noticed a lot of authors have a writer tribe.  For me, the first example that comes to mind is the friendship between Amanda Foody (Ace of Shades) and Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Grey).  I’ve been following Amanda’s social media for three years, and Christine makes regular appearances… more since Amanda relocated to Boston. I love writer friendships.  They make me so happy. I’ve always wanted one. Growing up, a lot of my peers wrote for fun.  There was a writing competition at our middle school, and I remember wrangling my friends and […]

Posted March 6, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //
Writer’s Block:  Myth, or Fact?

Writer’s Block: Myth, or Fact?

When I first started writing, I remember “writer’s block” being sort of a buzz word among writing communities.  Writer’s block is often blamed for lack of progress on WIPs, and phrases like “writer’s block” and “muse” have gone out of style in writing discussions. In short – there’s no such thing as “writer’s block”.  You’re just not working hard enough. But that’s a really harsh way of saying it.  I think that being a creative is really complicated.  It’s not just writing – whenever you are building something from nothing, there’s a certain amount of pressure.  Hard work is part […]

Posted February 13, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //