I'm doing it. I'm joining the masses who have decided to repurpose their writing and create a book out of it. If you're a regular reader here, this is probably not news. In fact, you're probably wondering what took me so long to do something about it. Yesterday I was laid up on the couch,... Continue Reading →
Where has Wine Country Mom been?
It's been an abnormally busy couple of months lately. You may have noticed by my lack of writing lately, or you may not have. But this blog has been a bit neglected as of late. I have even pulled back on my weekly newspaper articles from this blog, taking a full two months off. But... Continue Reading →
Finishing the novel
You’d think there would be fireworks when you type the two very last words to the novel you’ve been working on every day, the one you’ve lost sleep over as you wake up at 4:30am - even on days you accidentally went to bed after midnight. It’s almost expected that the ceiling to the dining... Continue Reading →
It's my favorite time of year - that time when I wake up earlier than anyone should have to naturally, pull out my laptop, and write furiously on a daily basis, repeating the process until I have achieved enough words to make up the amount in a small novel - 50,000 words. November is National... Continue Reading →
Honeymoon in Costa Rica – the characters we see
One of the coolest things about visiting a new country is that you cross paths with a lot of different people. As a writer, I was suddenly surrounded by a whole bunch of new characters that may just make an appearance in a future book (or perhaps the one I'm working on for NaNoWriMo in... Continue Reading →
How do I write?
Thanks to the folks at NaNoWriMo (It's next month, are you ready?), I read this really great article where writers answered questions about their writing styles. I don't know about you, but this is something I wonder about all the time. Writing can be such a lonely way of living, the tendency to lock ourselves... Continue Reading →
This is brilliant
Elizabeth Gilbert gave a talk on the pressures writers and creatives put on themselves, as well as what they gather from expectations from the world. In today's theme of shitty first drafts, this was just the video I needed to view today. It's long, but well worth a 20 minute moment of inspiration, or at... Continue Reading →
My own shitty first draft
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right,... Continue Reading →
Distractions, determinations, and that magical fruit.
I've been making a lot of progress in the novel I'm writing, about to hit the 10,000 word mark (woohoo!). It's starting to not be so much of a challenge to write, as I have finally reached the point in the story where something happens to change everything, and the main character will now spend... Continue Reading →
Should you be writing right now?
Can't take credit for this photo. But I can share it.