Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. It demands sustained effort and motivation--even when the fickle muse has taken off for an extended vacation, the dishes need doing, and a thousand social media posts are vying for your limited attention. Not many of us have the privilege of writing full time, without distractions … Continue reading How to Grow a Sustainable Writing Habit
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
Writing by "the seat of your pants" is out of fashion. But what if, for me, that's where the magic happens? By "pantsing," of course, I don't mean the juvenile prank of pulling down an unsuspecting victim's pants. I'm talking about the drafting style known more accurately as "discovery writing" or "intuitive writing," which is … Continue reading The Joy of “Pantsing” It
Who am I to write this post, anyway? Ironically, that's the thought running through my head right now. It's not like I have any secret formula for defeating impostor syndrome. But I do experience it frequently, and I'm not alone. Discussions and expressions of impostor syndrome come up in all of my writing groups, and … Continue reading Writing Through It: On Impostor Syndrome
February 1 marked the end of the Pitch Wars revisions period for the 2020 cohort. After two and a half months of hard work, I had rewritten about 70% of my manuscript, eliminated at least five minor characters (RIP) and three unique settings (subsurface ocean planet, someday I will return to you!), completely reworked two … Continue reading My Top Five Pitch Wars Revision Lessons
Well, that's a wrap! The Writer in Motion 2020 blog project draws to a close this week, and though I'm now swamped with revisions for Pitch Wars (not to mention wedding planning) I have to say that I'm a bit sad that this communal adventure in story-telling and editing is over. A month ago when … Continue reading #WriterInMotion Week 5: Final Thoughts
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.
If a daily writing process is living the dream, than writer's block is a waking nightmare. Today, apropos of nothing, I'd like to share my tools for breaking through the wall and keeping the words flowing--even when the Muse has taken an unscheduled vacation.
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