Writing funk or Funky Writing?

Spring Break was restful.  I spent time with my kids.  I hung with some (great) friends and even cleaned up around here.  I didn’t write.  Bummer.  And then, yesterday, since my laptop was already open, I looked at my work in progress (wip).  I didn’t really like it.  There’s a lot of telling (not showing)….

Facebook Fast: effective within 24 hours!

Green jello! In the shape of a Sprite bottle… Woo Hoo!  Guess who has time to blog since she took a Facebook break!!  It’s been awesome.  I moved on to a new blog theme, optimized for phones and tablets.  Let me know how it looks to you.  Now I might need to take a blog…

Spending time with other writers warms my soul!

A few hours at Barnes and Noble.  A cup of normal coffee and a plain bagel with cream cheese.  A laptop running Scrivener.  A manuscript, a copy of Outlining Your Novel (completed). Yes, with these elements, good writing WILL happen.  But, there’s one more thing: A writing friend.  Yes, we may gab and share our…

Hosting Writer’s Retreats?

I sometimes read Poets and Writers.  I don’t always connect to the content – it can be more literary and less DIY than I like.  But this month’s is the best I’ve ever read.  Check out this feature on attending Cheryl Strayed’s Writer’s Camps.  They sound so fun!  Other articles include:  how to get the…

Just write!

Ok, first of all, how did it get to be January 18th already? All I did in during Christmas break was celebrate?  What? Yikes, I better get down and dirty and back to writing. I did finally purchase Scrivener after using nearly every possible free day on the 30 day (as you use it) subscription….

Nano Failure?

NOT. A guy on the nanowrimo facebook group was asking if you can continue to post your wordcounts on the Wrimo site after “the end.” And guess what, wrimos?  You can update your novels (under MyNanowrimo) ANYTIME! I love this about Nanowrimo because they know that the whole process is just for US.  We “win”…

Keep Going!!

I’m at that stage in noveling where everything I else I ever wrote becomes really interesting.  As in, “hmmm…let me reread the notebook I wrote during that mystery novel.  Maybe I should revive that one.” NO, no reviving old novels, no excessive house cleaning, no out of town guests… This is November, the month when novels…

Favorite tools for writing:

I recently discovered Scrivener and blogged about how much I LOVE it. $40 word processor designed for novelists. YES! It’s like breaking out of a jail you didn’t know you were in. “I can see clearly now, the rain has gone..” Amazing. I also love The Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M. Weiland. Do you want…

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And it’s only 1:00 on Friday.  Let’s go weekend!! Last thing written:  “Hi, honey! I bought some groceries on my way home. I got us some of that delicious cheese and sausage that we love with crackers. Want some right now? Marie said, sitting several bags on the table. What was the last thing you…

Writing!! Yip! Yip!

Just a quick update. I’m writing, and that’s the goal.  50,000 words will be awesome, but writing readable paragraphs works great too! Yesterday, my grown daughter, her husband and darling daughter arrived for a short visit.  Oh, and my husband needed help on some college work.  Hence- Zero day.  But a great day. Today, busy…