What to Write When Nothing Comes

Maybe you’ve been lucky and never drawn a blank when sitting down to write. But if you’re like me, you’ve sat. And sat. And looked up prompts. And doodled. And refreshed your coffee. Or tea. Or water. Or whiskey. You’ve told yourself, “Go!” then stared numbly at the screen. So you surfed the net, checked and…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 4): Logistics Tricks

**Don’t forget to enter my February Giveaway – ends tomorrow (2/12)!** Ah, the thrill of walking into a room of strangers! Who doesn’t love looking for a place to sit and finding something to occupy yourself with before the action begins? Who doesn’t love negotiating the lunch line, eyeing all of the already-full tables of chatting…

Pondering Poetry: What’s a Poet to Do?

** Don’t forget to enter my February GIVEAWAY! Enter by 2/12 to win! ** I love to read poetry. It makes me feel in a way that little else does. I also love to write poetry. If I am honest (and I believe I am an honest person), I think I mostly write bad poetry. Sigh….

Missing In Action – My Apologies!

I’ve been absent from the online scene since December, and I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things as January comes to a close. The reason? Carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Ouch. I think it was the combination of NaNoWriMo, my day job (lots of fine motor work), plus several freelance jobs… Too much…

November Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank everyone who entered my November Giveaway!  I am amazed by the number of entries and can’t wait to see what happens in December when my next giveaway begins! CONGRATULATIONS to Patrise Henkel!  The Random Number Gods have favored you today, and you have been selected the November Giveaway winner! You will receive a copy of…

The Writing Life: Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 1)

**Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of What If? Writing Exercises. Ends 11/24!** I love writing conferences. Listening to experts, trying new techniques and ideas in workshops, mingling with authors (and sometimes illustrators and editors)… Just thinking about a writing conference makes me want to jump for joy! Who…

The Writing Life: The Importance of Connecting with Other Writers

**Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of What If? Writing Exercises. Ends 11/24!** Writing is a mostly solitary act.  We may venture out to eavesdrop on coffee-shop conversations or to “gather material” in other crowded places, but much of our work is done in a chair, in our…

The Writing Life: Best Tips for Finishing NaNoWriMo

**Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of What If? Writing Exercises. Ends 11/24!** This is my first year taking on the month-long challenge that is NaNoWriMo. And so far, I’m pleasantly on track. Not ahead, not behind. Right on target. But every day, the words come more slowly….

The Writing Life: Girl, Interrupted

**Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of What If? Writing Exercises. Ends 11/24!** Any writer or artist knows that when a spurt of creativity hits, the last thing you want is to be interrupted. But life happens. Especially life with kids. And most especially life with four preteen…

The Writing Life: Real-Life Antagonist

**Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of What If? Writing Exercises. Ends 11/24!** Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with an unhappy person.  This person is angry at someone else, and I got caught in the crossfire. I’m collateral damage. I’m not just saying this. Everyone involved…