So the scene is going well but then you just stagnant and get 'stuck'. What will make this flow? What will carry me forth into the next chapter? It is writer's block. It is how do I even get to the next chapter from here. I have been there. This scene is just going nowhere… Continue reading Writing: How to get out of a ‘stuck’ scene
Yes, that headline should be common to every writer. Especially us insomniacs who think about endless things, passing the time while waiting for the elusive Sandman. The man is a bit of a slacker really. Usually, we are struck with brilliance like a bolt from the GODs. Where did this even come from? It is… Continue reading Brilliant idea strikes at sleepy time
Start writing Take a break and look at Facebook Grab a caffeinated drink. Back to writing a different story because an idea popped into your head Respond to a notification on Facebook because it was an interesting conversation you had commented on. Realize it had turned into Politics. Make inflammatory political remark for fun. Watch… Continue reading How to not write a book
I think what people fail to understand is that I can't eat exposure. And a lot of these sites... well the exposure isn't all that much of a motivation for me. Occasionally it works to the writers benefit and certainly promotions do, but we really have self-esteem issues and give into this exposure thing way… Continue reading Just work for free I guess… not
They said I was a great writer. They said they loved my writing. They loved my blog. They would love for me to come write for them monthly. For how much? For exposure. Damned exposure. So far I cannot eat exposure. Nothing against exposure. Gets my name out there. Gets people coming back to… Continue reading Too much Exposure work not enough pay
There is a program where you can insert your text and it will tell you what sort of writer you write like. It can be checked out HERE I got Harry Harrison who is a scifi writer. I had chosen a fantasy novel for my selection. Never read his work since I rarely read in… Continue reading Personality type and your writing?
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write There are "long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month… Continue reading The benefits of writing
I have to say as an introvert I am not big on the talky talky unless I am nervous or you get me going on something that I really enjoy like philosophy (has the side effect of boring everyone else generally for some reason. Which is weird. Philosophy rocks!). Point being, not going to go… Continue reading True? Or extremely true?
I heard this question asked in a Facebook writing group. When did you want to be a writer? It reminded me of some pleasant memories really. Of being a preteen and writing out these long novelettes, then typing them out on my mothers typewriter. tap, tap, tap *Bing* Swoosh. It was great. Eventually she upgraded… Continue reading When did you want to be a writer?
I think one frustration about being a blogger is that you get offers to blog for other people. They love your writing. They think it is fantastic. It would work perfect for their site! Awesome. They would love for you to come work for them. For free. This is my other blog by the way.… Continue reading This poor blogger wonders…
10 Things to stop doing to yourself as a writer had some interesting points to consider. I think I do more than these to be honest. Writers... we love to beat ourselves up about our writing. "Stop being afraid. Aspiring writers are experts at being afraid. Are you afraid of failure or success? You’ll never… Continue reading What do you to that gets in the way of your writing?
In my case I don't watch YouTube posts... often. More like blogging and Facebook are my procrastination areas. Otherwise...yeah. Which reminds me I have to get back to retyping what I wrote.
I have noticed more than a few short story contests on line. Makes me wonder if I should write some. However, it is rare for me to do so. When I was younger I would write short stories, that seemed a little too long to be honest, but were in that class. But I just… Continue reading The short story thing
You know you are a writer when even your dreams are consumed by characters... not you. By plot-lines and magic and fictional lands and mystery. I love dreaming for that. However, even awake I am consumed by these plots and ideas. I will start daydreaming at the oddest of times. Have these mini conversations in… Continue reading Half in the parallel universe
I have never actually participated in NaNWriMo. Because I am not a big joiner really. Not one to join things. More one to just to my thing. And really that is the reason. However, this year I was intrigued by the idea. I am mid novel right now and for that reason I thought I… Continue reading NaNWriMo or NanoNot
I have been working on a new novel for a bit now. It has flowed well. Then stuttered to a stop mid-scene. Something was off about this scene. It would just not play out right. What do you do when you falter? When you know beyond a doubt that something is just off about a… Continue reading Let it simmer
I generally speaking keep a notebook on each novel I write for ideas. In there I include character profiles. I have descriptors I use. Traits I want to keep in mind for future reference. I keep it fairly simple and this is the method I have always used. It is interesting to map out your… Continue reading Character mapping and profiles
It seems that no matter how many times we edit our own work we can be blind to typos. Yet when we read a book or edit the work of someone else the typos pop right out. According to the article What's up with that: Why it's so hard to catch your own typos there… Continue reading Typo Blind