WRITE A HABIT

Commit to write every day, no matter how little. Strengthen the cobweb until the cables form! Have a writerly weekend!  

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL

The hardest part is the first three sentences. Sitting down with pen and paper and just getting those first three sentences out; I sometimes have to write my way into something knowing the first paragraph is just preliminary, but I have to write my way in. It’s like being in a cold lake and sometimes

TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHARACTERS

It’s inspiring (and vital) to get inside the head of your protagonist to fine out what makes him/her tick. Physical characteristics and quirky gestures aside, what is going on behind the scenes in every scene? People act, react  based on previous experience, upbringing, expectations, personality… And so do your characters. Once you get to know

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

So true! I used to slog it out on one project to the bitter end. But by the end of the seemingly endless revisions, my creative powers were, well, powerless! I was SO out of practice. Now, I remind myself that revising, is not writing. If I want my writing skills to be sharp and

WRITING IS LIKE THE LAYERS OF AN ONION

“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” F. Scott Fitzgerald  As I begin at the beginning once more, this time with an eye to revision, I’m particularly aware of what this book needs to say. The theme, if you will, of the novel. Writing is

NOW IS THE TIME

“Writing strikes fear into the hearts of everyone because writing is sticking your neck out, taking a chance and exposing your thoughts and feelings to the world.” Janet G. Balfour in A Basic Study of Writing  So. True. But then, anything worthwhile involves sticking ones neck, doesn’t it? The revision process, on the other hand,

WRITING: Exercise for the Heart

“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate.” Brenda Ueland Be true to yourself and your art. There is something freeing about being able to be yourself. Really yourself. On the flip side, if you have tried to create what you

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO…

You’ve struggled through the character development, the conflict and, well, telling a fantastic story.  But if your ending fizzles it won’t matter. Readers will be left with a sense of dissatisfaction.  So, although I’m thrilled that I have actually made it to the end of my novel, I’m not convinced that it’s the powerful ending