Part 2 – Kick Off to 20 Minute Writing Sprints (Mid-Week Update)

Quick update on the writing sprints. So far so good. 4 sprints on Friday. 4 sprints on Monday. 4 Tuesday. A few of them went longer than the 20 minutes planned. And my plan is to just keep it up until it isn't fun anymore or doesn't keep me writing. Also, doing a bit of [...]

Entry #12: “That’s a Very Ambitious Goal, Young Lady.”

I had this Wylie Coyote moment. I was writing. I had a goal in mind. And a fellow writer, who I'll call Thomas, who was much, much, further along in his career, asked me what my goal was. I said, I'm writing a novel. He looked at me like he wanted to pat me on [...]

Entry #11: Make or Destroy

Pain needs an exit. A release valve. Just like desire. And any other primal human experience. It needs to be acknowledged, and then it needs a healthy life-giving way out. Or else. And we've been experiencing a lot of or else. Eating disorders, suicides, mass shootings, online bullying, opioid addiction, organized xenophobia, and on and [...]

Entry #10: When Someone Zaps Your Creative Energy

I don't know how it works exactly. I can't quite figure it out. I do know it takes skill. I'm talking to Person X. Everything is great. Friendly words are said. And then afterwards, I realize oh, I've just been stabbed with something. Only, I don't know what. All I know is I'm standing over [...]

Entry #8: The Mentor Within.

I am at a point in the process of writing where everyone else's opinions sound like noise. One mentor contradicts another mentor. One role model contradicts another role model. And the loudest, and most confident voices around me, are the ones saying, forget about your own goals. Come work for me instead. All the clear [...]

Entry #7: Developing The Story.

I was in denial about being a writer. I had ideas. And characters. And worlds I wanted to get lost in. But I was sure that writing was a career for people who didn't just have ideas. They had stories. Fully formed, beginning to end, stories. This may be because teachers make writing sound really [...]

Entry #5: Narrowing Down Projects. The One Question that Helps.

I am huddled away writing, in the wee early hours of the morning because, as happens sometimes, I cannot sleep. I need a sounding board. And, everyone is asleep. Even if they were awake, there are very few people who can happily listen to the many thoughts and ideas writers have, as often as they'd [...]

Entry #2: The Real Deal About My Writer’s Block

I write for three reasons. To connect. To provide opportunities. To spark (or join) useful conversations. These are the only reasons that nudge me to write from within. And when I find myself stuck for long periods of time, it is always because I am trying to write for someone else's reasons.  And it is because [...]

Entry #1: Connecting… From a Distance.

I need to write about the process of writing. It helps me keep writing. This can be tricky when you also need to protect your process, and protect your project until it's fully formed. If you tell people you're writing a novel, they start asking a lot of very well-meaning questions. (Unless, of course, you [...]