And now for something a little different... In December, I volunteered to participate in a Secret Santa short fiction exchange with other writers. Starting from a prompt from an anonymous requester, participants wrote a short piece of 1000 words or more for their recipient. My prompt became the first line of my story, and then … Continue reading Santa’s Secret Pen 2021: The Wyrd and the Weaver
It's that time again...the end of Writer in Motion Round 4 is upon us! Like last year, this year was a blast, but it definitely felt different the second time around. I feel like the five weeks of the challenge went extremely fast this year. Last year they seemed to last forever, like a long … Continue reading Writer in Motion 2021 – Wrap-Up and Final Thoughts
He comes at dusk, the shadow man.
Welcome back to week 3 of the Writer in Motion event, in which a too-busy-by-choice author attempts to make sense of the ALL VIBES NO PLOT words that sprang from her own head... This week, the participants in the challenge were assigned a small critique partner group and exchanged stories. My CPs all brought their … Continue reading Writer in Motion 2021, Week 3: CP Edits
Welcome back to Week 2 of Writer In Motion! This week, participating writers self-edit the first draft posted last week. Next week, we'll work with critique partners to hone the story further before working with editors in Week 4. One of the goals this week for me was to cut words until the story met … Continue reading Writer in Motion 2021, Week 2: Self-Edit
Sometimes, writing inspiration seems to come through you in a near-revelatory process. But what happens when you finish transcribing, but you still don’t know exactly what the story is trying to say? I’m about to find out, because that’s exactly what has happened with this first stab at my Writer In Motion short. This story...whew. … Continue reading WIM 2021: Unedited First Draft
IT HAS BEGUN. I'm so excited to get started with this year's Writer In Motion event! Writer in Motion 2020 spurred me to create this blog and was basically my introduction to the online writing community. I had so much fun participating and learned a ton from the process, even though I signed up too … Continue reading Writer In Motion 2021: The Prompt
Our Writer In Motion journey is drawing to a close. Not to sound like a broken record, but I am so happy that I joined in with this blog project! I benefited so much from the opportunity to connect with fellow writers, the experience of receiving and giving CP edits, and the privilege of reading my cohort's beautiful stories.
Week 3 is already upon us! My critique partners and I started this round a bit early, as we all had our self-edited drafts ready to go. I'm so grateful to my CPs for their help in this round of the Writer In Motion event. I was nervous about the process, since this was my first time doing the event, but I had no reason to be. In fact, everyone I've met and interacted with through WIM has been incredibly kind, talented, and friendly.
This week for the Writer In Motion challenge, I explore killing my darlings and the dangerous game of throwing out an "okay" first scene. Will it kick the story up a notch, or result in a incoherent mess with a tone issue? Read on to find out... (Notes on the editing process will be found … Continue reading #WriterInMotion Week 2 – Self-Edited Draft – The Witch of Blue Ridge