Category Archives: Writing

A Writer’s Hell

It was a frightful dark and uprooting stormy night when The Muse woke me with a start. The clock struck three when she commanded, “Follow me.” With her pixie face, light colored curls, and luminous eyes, I was more than … Continue reading

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Gutting It Out

Two days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a medieval novel that I started almost ten years ago.  What’s really ironic is that most of the writing occurred in the last six months. After a decade of missing … Continue reading

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Storyboarding: Creating Structure to a Project

I love Orly Konig-Lopez’s blog Writing in the Storm, and particularly today’s Writing Process Throwdown.  She talks about her plotting method, which is one I use. Basically, it’s a method I borrowed years ago from Hollywood’s storyboarding, where the story … Continue reading

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Managing Potential Submissions

I subscribe to a number of writing newsletters that alert me of contests and open submissions.  As an academic, I get lots of Call of Paper announcements, to which I can submit papers or presentation proposals to journals and conferences.  … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Hiccups

I’m behind.  Again. I wish I could say that I don’t know how it happens, but actually, I do know how it happens. Life. And a lack of making writing the priority it deserves. What’s frustrating is that I know … Continue reading

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The One Trait Every Writer Needs

is PERSISTENCE! The persistent writer  Submits their[1] work. Accepts rejection. (It’s not personal). Accepts criticism. Wants criticism because they know growth occurs when mistakes are pointed out.  Plus, criticism means the writer engaged the reader, if not hit a nerve. … Continue reading

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Publishing Online – Not For the Faint of Heart

In 1993, I published my first book.  I was in the right place at the right time, with a finished manuscript—several to be exact.  I was waiting for preparedness to meet opportunity, which is what being in the right place … Continue reading

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Facebook Writing Challenges Accountability Group

I don’t know about you, but when I make public my writing goals, I have better results. What about you? Would you like a place on Facebook (FB) where you can state your WIP (work in progress) goal(s), ask a … Continue reading

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Why I Write

Because I *like* https://www.facebook.com/freedomwithwriting on Facebook, I get notices of their online, short writing contests.  Unfortunately, I read about a recent contest, “Why I Write,” too late for entry.  Not able to share there, I’m now sharing it here: I write … Continue reading

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The Art of Procrastination

There’s no discussion needed.  Not really.  However, I thought you might be amused by my attempts to get the writing done today, as I sit here wasting time that I joyously celebrating having earned last night as a snow day … Continue reading

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