Now, as writers we all know that one of the best ways to grow our skill is by reading. But sometimes simply taking in words isn't enough. We really have to chew them up and swallow them in order to grow. (Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that food metaphor?) One of … Continue reading On Keeping a Copybook.
A fictional character. A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, PEOPLE, JEEZ! I'm not a murderer. That being said, I've got a confession to make. I've had a story running around in my head for a number of years now, but I know that in order to make it have the right impact, somebody is going to have to … Continue reading How do you Know if it’s Okay to Kill Someone?
My writing has gone down the drain again. A bit of bad critique, plus a whole lot of busyness, mixed in with a little... I don't know, Seasonal Affective Disorder maybe? At any rate, there hasn't been much writing going on in the past couple of weeks, and what little there has been turned out … Continue reading Just Read, for Goodness Sake.
Fight scenes. Action. Stuff that used to intimidate me as a writer, until the end of last November. Seriously folks, before last fall, I had never attempted to write a fight scene. I was petrified by the idea. But I knew that in order to make my NaNovel work, somebody was gonna have to get … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 8.
Word clouds, that is. Like this one: Cool, right? Useful, too. I generated this using WordItOut (as you can totally see from the watermark, but I needed a place to put the link so whatever) by pasting in the text of a bit of flash I wrote in 2015. There are plenty of word cloud … Continue reading Clouds of Witness.
Okay, one last post in my Writer Fitness series. This one should be an obvious for us hand-users, but really, they're so easy to neglect. Until the stabbing pain sets in, of course. To hold that at bay, here's a great ten-minute yoga sequence for wrists and fingers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSD35Q15rm8 And that's that! I hope this … Continue reading No More Ouchy Hands.
Without getting all technical about it, your Psoas is a muscle in your tummy. Well, it's more than that. It runs from your hips all the way up under your ribcage. Okay, that got technical. Sorry. But see, I'm a dancer, so I get very passionate about the Psoas. It's a sort of buried muscle, … Continue reading What’s a Psoas?
Ooookay, so last week we focused on how to get stronger backs and cores for better desk posture. But if you're anything like me, sometimes you get really into whatever piece of writing you are working on (for me it was a personal essay... okay, rant. It was a rant), and your posture is the … Continue reading No More Ouchy Spines.
Hello everybody! As semi-promised on Tuesday, today I'm going to talk about fitness. Yes, writers should be fit. I mean, we have to live long enough to get all our words out, right? Obviously, generalized fitness is important, so we should all get out for regular walks, to loosen up our chair-shaped bodies and get … Continue reading No More Crumpled Spines.
Well, I've just hit the 40,000 word mark, and the cost is that I've had an... interesting medley of music in my head for the past few days. Three songs have been looping around and around in a crazy mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWdLt3Afjrg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdphO1jfxCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic6wtXCxdEo I think the first two make some sense... but don't ask me … Continue reading Have I Gone Mad? You Tell Me.