14 Ways to Stretch Your Writing Voice

In my last post, I talked briefly about stretching as a writer. Hopefully, you’re on track with writing. You’re sitting in front of the page every day, or most days, and hammering out some words. Maybe you’re even consistently hitting your word count. You have filled or are filling notebooks, or a journal or collecting…

Starting Somewhere

A very dear friend of mine frequently said, “Don’t despise small beginnings.” It’s taken me the best part of fifteen years to appreciate her advice, and it’s a quote I consider often as I go through my life on the writing journey. It’s very easy to look at others in the world who are enjoying…

The Cost of Inspiration

If your writing goals have become easier to reach, it might be time to raise them. I was able to consistently write 1000 words a day and raised it just recently. This happens to coincide with my desire to send more stories out to literary magazines. I’ve watched over the past few months as my…

How Creative Are You?

I’ve been working on new short stories and feel excited about writing with photo prompts. In one of the literary magazines I read a while back, they had a cool idea called, Bridge the Gap, where they took two images and the asked their readership to contribute stories around the pictures. What a genius idea….

Keepers of the Flame

It is possible for others to minimize your relationship with writing especially if they don’t share your gift. It’s devastating when someone who says they care about you,  attempts to invalidate your passion. Quite often, they’re disinterested or—surprise, surprise—jealous of your ability, tenacity and determination to pursue your dream. Probably every writer has endured cutting remarks…

The Long and The Short

  Most days I lock myself in a little writing closet and don’t come out until I’ve made significant headway on something, usually my book. Once the first draft was completed, a readable rendition, the majority of my read-through tribe couldn’t get into it. Admittedly, the beginning of the book seemed as dull as watching sleeping cats….

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…

Setting Obtainable Goals

Last week, there were days that I just sat in front of my computer willing the words (any words) to appear on the screen. I tried squeezing coherence from my brain, pressing letterized thought through my fingertips and… I was choking on mid-story sag. During those times, I felt like the kid who can’t leave…

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,…