Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen

Last week I gave myself a three-day writing retreat before the onslaught of the spring season (ballet) and just life getting busier after the holidays are past and we all remember that life isn't just about seeing Christmas lights and eating cookies and giving/getting presents (or is it? Let's call a vote). If you ever … Continue reading Lesson from a Writing Retreat and Past and Passed and a Snow Queen

2019 Wrap Up and Looking Foward to 2020

*arrives in flapper dress while doing the Charleston* "It's not the roaring 20's," you say. *stops and jumps back in time machine* Anyone else just feel like for 2020 we should all just pretend we're in the 1920's??? Anyway, 2019 is ending soon, the decade is ending, and maybe the world is ending too but … Continue reading 2019 Wrap Up and Looking Foward to 2020

Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?

Do you have to write during the holidays? Do you still have to find time to write and hide away from all the celebrations and the ability to just lie on the couch and do nothing? (what I look forward.) Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: No, you do not have to write during the … Continue reading Do You Have to Write on the Holidays?

There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session

First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session

Bad Habits I Have Developed as a Writer (this is gonna be fun I swear)

Been doing this writing thing for a while now (like...a decade). And after you do things for a while you develop some habits. Some good (like writing every day) and some bad. Like these ones. 1 Thinking up blog posts and story ideas as I fall asleep. Or am trying to fall asleep. Just, is … Continue reading Bad Habits I Have Developed as a Writer (this is gonna be fun I swear)

How was September? What is October? IS THAT NANOWRIMO I SMELL???

First of all, September is my favorite month because it's my birthday month and also the start of fall (the scientists are wrong. Fall starts September 1st). September was...September? Like pretty normal stuff. Swan Lake, editing *cries*, reading (Ebola and a book on the Armenian Genocide. Yeah, I like to read fun stuff), dinosaurs, and … Continue reading How was September? What is October? IS THAT NANOWRIMO I SMELL???

Round 500 of Edits and Things I’ve Learned

I honestly I have no idea how many drafts of Silver I have gone through. It's not something I have ever kept track of, but I've been working on it for three years so there's that. But I came here to say I have started yet another draft. BUM BUM BUM. After I came back … Continue reading Round 500 of Edits and Things I’ve Learned

Back to School for Writers

It's AUGUST. Do you know what that means? Festivals, fairs, pencils, and backpacks!!  In other words, it's back to school season. *cries tears of relief that I'm not in college* All the kiddos and the undergrads are getting ready to study and do sports and whatever else they do. (And I'm over here starting a … Continue reading Back to School for Writers

How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft

Summertime is the time to PARTY. (And by party I mean going to the mountains and finding somewhere quiet where you can finish your book.) And speaking of parties...(I apologize to all the introverts. I realize talking about parties is illegal.) Finishing your first draft can be very exciting. Whether it's after 30 hysterically frantic … Continue reading How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft