Category: Writing

I’m Stuck in a Re-Writing Cycle

I’m Stuck in a Re-Writing Cycle

Posted May 25, 2022 in Writing // 1 Comment

I really love to write. I don’t always have the time for it, but every time I’m able to sit downpour long enough to fall into a story, I’m swept away. I love to tell the stories and create the characters. I have hundreds of story ideas. But realistically? I zero manuscripts that are truly completed and ready for query. Sure – I’ve finished first drafts on many! But I can’t seem to get past that point. See: Fate. For those who check-in on my monthly wrap ups, I have a section to share writing updates. Since my crit partner […]

Why I Love Writing in Coffee Shops

Why I Love Writing in Coffee Shops

Posted April 6, 2022 in Writing // 0 Comments

This last year, I’ve been trying harder to write more. It’s challenging to create a good writing habit when all my mental energy is focused on protecting others, worrying about my emotional safety, and trying to navigate my career. The older I get, the less energy I feel I have to write. Factor in working from home, and suddenly, there’s no sacred creative spaces anymore. Since COVID-19, my home no longer feels like an escape from work. There are a few factors to this. One, as I mentioned, is the ability to work more regularly from home. Another is my […]

Do You Know the Ending When You Start to Write a Book?

Do You Know the Ending When You Start to Write a Book?

Posted February 16, 2022 in Writing // 8 Comments

A good story is something you can effortlessly tie up with a bow. It starts with a problem, a challenge. Something to intrigue the reader and set the protagonist up for their journey. There are hills and valleys as the protagonist struggles, learns, grows. Finally, at the end, a lesson is learned and the goal has been reached and we close the book with satisfaction. Yeah, I don’t write like that. Don’t get me wrong! I really, really want to, but it’s not the way my brain works. Usually, I start with a “what if?” situation. What if a transfer […]

How Writing Friends Help My Accountability (& Why Everyone Should Have One!)

How Writing Friends Help My Accountability (& Why Everyone Should Have One!)

Posted December 8, 2021 in Writing // 6 Comments

I have so many writing ideas, but most of them live in my head. Every writer has their challenges. Some folks write slowly, others have no ideas, and others have so many shiny ideas that they are forever getting distracted with the next thing. Others struggle with follow through – finishing and revising. Still others get stuck between writing and selling the novel. There are so many other possibilities as well. Left to our own devices, some of us will seize the prize, I’m sure… but if you read the acknowledgements at the end of the next novel you read… […]

3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

Posted November 17, 2021 in Writing // 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo is such an exciting initiative. There’s something magical to joining a community of writers all working simultaneously to accomplish the same goals and build stories. Writing is very much a “solo hobby”, so it’s nice to feel part of a community, even if just for one month. That said, NaNoWriMo can also be extremely stressful. Writing 1,667 words/day is no small task. Many writers have other obligations, like their day jobs. For others, the sheer required numbers to write a 50k novel in a month is overwhelming. This event is extremely fun, but it has its downsides too. Today, […]