Category: Writing

WIP Introductions:  Rhapsody in Blue

WIP Introductions: Rhapsody in Blue

Posted July 24, 2020 in My Stories, Writing // 0 Comments

Oh hello! I … allude to my WIPs a lot, but I don’t really talk about them very much?  It’s like they’re this secret I hold close to my heart, characters I’ve developed and stories I’ve dreamed up that will never completely materialize.  Sometimes, around NaNo, I talk about them a little.  But in general… they’re sweet coconut crisp secrets. Which is you know. Fine. Whatever.  Because every time I get excited enough about a WIP to talk about it on my blog, I get distracted by another shiny idea, or life, or whatever, and honestly guys I am never going […]

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10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

10 Ways to Efficiently Procrastinate on Your Current WIP

Posted May 29, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments

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! […]

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My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

My Grand Collection of Story Ideas

Posted May 18, 2020 in Writing // 4 Comments

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 […]

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“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

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments

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 […]

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DabbleWriter:  Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

DabbleWriter: Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

Posted March 30, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments

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 […]

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