There's so many thoughts I cannot put into words. Sometimes the struggle is in finding an original way to express thoughts already spoken: the happiness of a bright sunflower in the summer, the melancholy of toy in the rain, the butterflies in the stomach and heart in your throat for nerves. We know what to … Continue reading Poetic Struggle
In many ways, writing still feels like a need that's intrinsic to my nature. But, external forces have been removed. Writing is no longer a forced activity rubrics and due dates, but a chosen form of expression.
I have drafts and plots for stories I want to write. They sit in their queue, waiting for me to pick them up, dust them off, and finish them. I have dreams for fairy tales, speculative fiction, suspense, and romance, all half-written with a clear road-map- but I can't bring myself to take the final … Continue reading The Stayed Hand: when you can’t put your ideas to the page.
Like many writers, I have a backlog of writing. My files and folders are stuffed with projects I've started, but abandoned at various stages of development. Short stories and novellas in many genres: speculative horror, suspense, fantasy, and romance, children's books, and personal essays- all still waiting for their first draft mock-ups. In honor of … Continue reading Half-Told Tales: My Incomplete Writing Projects
October's rains have faded into a cold gray November. Every year I attempt a writing challenge, inspired by NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month), but every year I fail. I have my reasons, excuses really. First there was school, then illness, then a demanding career. The truth is, I know I know I could do it, … Continue reading Writing In November
October is coming to a close, and NaNoWriMo edges closer. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a yearly challenge in which participants across the country attempt to write a 50,000 page novel in the month of November. In it's purest form, a writer will write an entire novel from start to finish in 30-days: … Continue reading Prep-tober: NanoWriMo Approaches
"Don't be a 'writer', be writing". I love and hate Faulkner's famous advice. I hate it because I know he's right and I haven't been writing much lately. Between craziness at work, home life, and my business- I am have almost no energy to be creative. At least, that is the excuse I've been making … Continue reading Be Writing, Not just a Writer
I've been on a literary kick. For the last month I've been reading and writing more than I have since starting college. I haven't turned on my television in over a week, and I haven't gone a single day without picking up a book or a pen. I feel like I did when I was … Continue reading Taking a Literary Turn
I could write a book about writer's block. I think this is a common feelings among writers. We have the ideas, but we can't seem to find the motivation or the ability to translate those ideas to the page. Somehow, the mere act of sitting down to write or type causes all words to simply … Continue reading Writer’s Block and Writing Fears
I was never a good poet. My brain seems hardwired for prose. I can write a beautiful sentence full of metaphor and irony, but any attempt to craft that into something short ultimately results in something cliche and insincere. Still, despite my shortcomings, I never stopped trying to write poems. I still enjoy the genre … Continue reading My Bad Poetry: Should I Quit?