An Exercise in Perspective

One of the best things about being writers is that we get to play with reality. When we craft fiction, poetry, and even creative nonfiction, we can bend and twist the boundaries of our identity, the identities of our speakers and characters, and even the world around us. Of course, there are varying degrees of…

The Writing Life: Lions and Tiger and Titles – Oh My!

If you’re anything like me, you start writing because a character (or an interesting situation) comes to visit your brain. And you write and write and write and begin to bring to life the story. You start to get excited about your wonderful writing so you share bits and pieces of the project with your…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 6): Bang for Your Buck

The cost of attending writing conferences can range from my all-time favorite, FREE, to hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars. Additionally, a writing conference can last one day or multiple days, which, unless you live relatively close to the venue means a hotel room and meals out. How do you know which conference to attend in…

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….

The Writing Life: Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 2)

As I explained in Part 1 of this series, over the past year I made it a point to go to a multitude of writing conferences. From big, national conferences to small town gatherings, I attended over a dozen conferences, drank lots of too much coffee, and took copious notes. In this series, I’m sharing with my readers my top…

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….

November Giveaway!

Greetings from #NaNoWriMo Land! I’m in the thick of things with my first ever NaNo, and it is going better than expected! Of course, it’s only Day 4 but so far, I’m ahead of my word count goals and I’m not getting caught up in my typical perfectionist trap.  Go me!  I’m also doing the #NovPAD…

The Writing Life: Character Sketches

If you’re like me, there are times when the words won’t come.  You have a story in your head, but as you try to flesh it out on paper … nothing.  You hate to even think the words “writer’s block” because writer’s block is like the scary monster under the bed: if you don’t look…