You know how if you go on a really restrictive rabbit-food diet, at some point you snap and eat all the sugar in sight? It's the same way with writing. Due to my scatteriness lately, when I've been able to find time to write (and yes, I know that I'm supposed to MAKE … Continue reading Plenty of Dessert.
The above photo is an accurate portrayal of my life over the past couple of months. Every time I think I'm getting back to normal, something else pops up, and I feel as if I'm being pulled in a million different directions. My edges are beginning to fray. As a result, my writing (and blogging, … Continue reading Tried and True Kicks in the Pants.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how often many words are used to camouflage things. Laziness, shallowness, deceit... Almost any nasty thing you can think of. This goes for everyday life, but it also goes for the writing life. How easy it can be to toss a bunch of words at a project to … Continue reading Say It in a Single Word.
Well, folks, here's hoping this blog post will publish itself eventually. I'm housesitting in an amazing waterfront home with amazingly bad internet access. Hence the missed post on Tuesday. Not that I'm complaining, naturally. I've got such an amazing view that it would be a shame to waste my eyes on Buzzfeed videos. But it … Continue reading Stuff the Words in Wherever They Fit.
As promised, here's my update after reading the NaNovel over Christmas. Surprise surprise, I was horribly nervous about it. I was feeling tons of regret over allowing my alpha readers access to it, and I was positive that I would feel like immolating the document, and myself along with it, after reading the first paragraph. … Continue reading Reading Your Work Without PTSD.
Okay, folks. Last week I promised to let you know how it's going with allowing people to read my first draft. Well, I'll tell you. It's scary. Plus, I think I'm really starting to annoy people with my hand-wringing and repeated assertions that it's really such a mess so please don't expect it to be … Continue reading 5 Questions for Alpha Readers.
Well, as I mentioned on Tuesday, I finished my NaNovel on the twenty-sixth of November. Since then, my body has been detoxing all the pent-up stress of the month, apparently, because I've had a constant headache and I can't get any of my muscles to relax, leading to a sick stomach and a sore jaw. … Continue reading Two Scary Experiments.
What's that thing that happens to astronauts? That thing when they're shooting off into space at ridiculously high speeds and wonky stuff happens to their bodies? I don't know if that's even a thing, but that's what I'm beginning to feel like. We're halfway through the month, I'm halfway through my story, and I've written … Continue reading Zoom.
Ugh. Week two of NaNoWriMo has really set in. I'm exhausted, and my alternate life as a Young Life leader just feels like too much. Yesterday I spent the evening with sixteen amazing teens, an opportunity that is truly a privilege. Under normal circumstances, I love watching them have a chance to laugh and act … Continue reading Small Talk.
The early days of NaNoWriMo, for me, are all about finding my stride. Both yesterday and today, I've done a lot of flailing around and blurting out a bunch of backstory right at the beginning where any novice knows it doesn't belong. But that's okay at this point. I'm getting words on paper. I can … Continue reading Day Two.