A Quarter of a Million Words, and I’m Still Feeling Like a Slacker?
October is almost over. I can’t believe how crazy it’s been. When it started, I had pie in the sky plans for finishing my third Legally in Love novel, and I was off to a running start, about 45,000 words in ten days. Yay! And then… for the next three weeks, not even 100 words […]
What’s Your Blockage?
What causes your writer’s block? Not necessarily the proverbial blockage that keeps a writer from putting any words on the page for days or weeks or more, but the thing that bumps you out of your groove so you have to go get a snack or check the interwebs or waste valuable writing time in […]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Alaskan Wilderness…
I had a little coincidence hit me today, or tender mercy of the Lord today, if that’s how you like to look at things. It’s how I see it. Today I was invited to a political luncheon. Nice, right? Yeah, but some days you just don’t want to go. Some days when you’re a writer, […]
Okay. It’s Done. Not Well, But Done.
Apologies to anyone who gets this blog emailed to their in-box. I promise not to be a neurotic in-box clogger in the near future. But the update is…the book is done. Done oh, so poorly. But it’s done. And now I can go work on some other projects for a couple of weeks and then […]
It dawned on me this morning, after writing yesterday’s sad sack post, that *this book* might be perpetuating the downer days. And so I shall finish it, slap together an ending. (I only had two or three potential chapters left to write anyway), and run (not walk) away from this story. Then in a month […]
Man, I guess I’m going to get personal in this post. Don’t read if you can’t bear it. The month of March was lame. I hated it. I’ve said to a friend or two, “I wish I could just hit the backspace button and erase all of March.” Nothing awful happened. I don’t even have […]
Guest Posting: Jenniffer Wardell “Why Fairy Tales Last”
My wonderful friend Jenniffer Wardell just had her second book released, Beast Charming. This comes on the heels of the ever delightful “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.,” which I blogged about here. She’s got such a beautiful mind, and I’m excited to introduce her writing style to you here! Enjoy! (And then I’ll tell you more about […]
Solution to Writer’s Block: Hitting the Books
Sometimes I feel like the well is just dry. Dessicated. A desert inside my soul. Such was the case at the beginning of February. I’d written almost 100K words over the past 9 months, and it was just–I was empty. Enter: the ANWA Conference bookstore. There I purchased about 10 books written by lovely and […]
Writers Conference Top Ten #ANWACon15
It’s over. Once again, the ANWA Conference has come to an end. I’m always totally saturated with new knowledge and completely wiped out by Saturday afternoon and dying to get home to sleep, but by Monday morning I’m wishing I was back there again. I’m just going to make an abridged list, a top ten list, […]
A Wall of Cold Cereal
Yesterday I’d hit a wall in my writing, as I tried to push my NaNoWriMo novel forward. But it was awful. Sometimes I think bringing forth a novel is a lot like childbirth. Painful, a total body experience, a lot of work, and quite as much a spiritual effort as a physical and mental one. […]
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