When the Writing Stops Working – Three Tasks

Workout Wednesday - 7.3.2019 You have kept your writing appointments.  You have kept your butt in the chair and cranked out the work.  When you go back to read a section, though, it falls flat.  You read it a few more times, but can’t put your finger on the problem.  You are discouraged.  Suddenly, the …

3 Steps to Writing your Best First Draft

Building your Writing Practice - Workout Wednesday Step 1. Get your first draft down. Just sit down and type until you think you are done.  Take a deep breath, maybe a sip of coffee or tea – or gin.  Then write more.  Don’t go back to what you already wrote.  Keep writing.  Don’t think about …

Cleaning up

Taking out the trash - Tightening the writing Every Wednesday, I take the trash down the hill to the big can by the main road to be picked up Thursday morning. During the week, we store the trash in metal cans in the garage to keep black bear and other critters from being tempted to …

Writing the Details

How to focus on writing when you are distracted. Sometimes when I sit to write, my mind swirls and swirls. Spring is when this happens to me most often. Like today. We had a wonderful birthday celebration yesterday for my son-in-law, so I have a happiness hangover. To top it off this morning, bluebird skies …