Keep Your Ideas in the Clouds

You work long hours carving your words into an image, finding just the right verbs, the perfect turn of phrase, the most excellent comebacks. Your dialog is sharp, your prose is perfect, and your imagery is breathtaking. Writing your book has been a labor of love, something you feel almost paternal about. After all, you’re…

The Care and Feeding of Dreams

Well, I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t more than a little bit proud of getting a writing gig at the very tail end of December. I met with a couple of musicians who were in need of brief biographies, one of them for an imminent website launch. (See the link for…

Breathe New Life or Lay to Rest?

I spent November away from working on the Dancer’s Tale novel. During that break, I had an epiphany. Well, sort of. I considered welding the first and second novels together. I spent a few days considering my options. But, after being depressed and much deliberation, and a book that helped considerably (see the link at the end…

Hanging in there for the good stuff

So now that National Novel Writing Month is well underway, I’ve started out like gangbusters. The idea is fresh and new and has jillions of possibilities. Anything can happen. But what happens when you hit a wall? Like, in week two? You run out of ideas on your story, what next? Well, my personal hard…

How To Get it Down

A co-worker stopped me in the aisle at work today. “Hey you write books, so I bet you know the answer. How do you go from storyteller to writing it down? When I sit down in front of paper, I just know it’s not going to be perfect when I write it, so I can’t…

Duly Warned

Well, I’m warning you well in advance. National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st! If you’re a writer, you probably have one or a dozen stories cooking on your big 14 burner stove. So what if 7 of them are on the back burners and another three stay simmering on super low? The point would be…

Why do you write?

Recently, I reconnected with a blogger friend of mine. We were talking about jobs and she asked if mine was fun or a bread and butter job. I knew what she meant. I call it the 925 even though it’s part time. Definitely b&b but it is also fun. It’s really even more than that,…

Paying attention to people around you

Whatever you’re working on, keep going.   I talk a lot about showing up to the page. It’s kind of like a train going from station to station. It runs a course, stays on track, gets to destinations. Of course, sometimes they get derailed and so do we. But if you don’t show up, you…

We now return you to this blog already in progress…

I’ve been missing in action. I should have warned you that my daughter (also a writer) was about to have the most beautiful (translation: first ever) grandson in the whole of my universe. I got sucked into Nani-hood (yes, I am waaaay too young for this.) We are smiling here and so enamored that I forgot…