Confessions of a Distracted Writer

I have a confession to make.  I got distracted this week.  The garden is planted, so that’s a good thing.  Some weeding got done. I did a lot of knitting.  I spent 2 hours every day moving the sprinkler around the yard and hand-watering my new plants and seeds.  I spent some time crying while …

3 Ways to Approach Character Development

Characters are the foundation of every story.  So much of writing in every genre depends on character development.  Just as a good reporter researches those they will interview to gain insight and help them ask better questions, writers must get to know their characters intimately.  Without getting to know them as well as we can, …

One Writer’s Story

Motivational Monday Writing Challenge - 7.8.2019 A friend tagged me on Facebook with a quote that goes something like this:  When people throw stones at you, don’t throw them back.  Pick them up and build something great!  This reminds me of the writing life.  You know what I mean – that dreaded conversation.  “What do …

Motivational Mondays Writing Challenge – 6.17.2019

Writing Celebrations Think about this:  all the characters you write about have birthdays and perhaps even favorite holidays.  How will you describe a celebration to your readers?  Who is your protagonist?  How are they feeling?  Are they celebrating wholeheartedly?  Or is something bothering them?  Do they hate holidays?  If so, why?  Set the scene for …

Writing? In the Summer?

Building Your Writing Practice - Workout Wednesday The tyranny of the urgent often seems to be a guiding force in my life.  Especially in summer, there is always something pressing that needs doing right now:  watering the wilting flower baskets, picking up prescriptions in town, pick up at the CSA, going to Farmers Market, mowing …