It's that's time of the year again. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting colder, and my social media is flooded with writers gearing up for NaNoWriMo. Every year as November rolls around, writing from around the country plan to write 50,000 words in a single month. For the more mathmatically minded, that … Continue reading Prep-tober: preparing for the writing road
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.
Part 4: Here I paced my small chamber until I grew dizzy from making sharp turns in a small place. I sat I on my narrow straw mattress, with my head in my hands, and my elbows on knees that bounced with trapped energy. Tonight would be the final act of our ill-planed play. Whether … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: a Frog Prince Re-telling part 5
As children Prince James and I played in the courtyard together. We were unlikely friends, the second born son of a king and the only son of the castle sorceress, but we spent every day together since we were scarcely out of the nursery. He, as a second son, had few royal responsibilities, and I … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling Part 1
7 days of writing, complete! That's write (pun/typo intended), I worked on my writing every day this week, even while on vacation. I'll admit, I had my fears that travel would get in the way, but I was clearly wrong. I'll admit, I cheated a bit. I gave myself a pass for just jotting down … Continue reading November Writing Challenge: 1 week update
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
When I first started this blog in 2017 I was giving myself writing challenges. I created a detailed Google Document that assigned me a writing prompt every day of the year. I carefully selected each prompt, just to make sure they were prompts I knew I was capable of completing. Then, to hold myself accountable, … Continue reading Prompted: re-starting with writing prompts