From blog to book

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 →

NaNoWriMo 2012

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 →

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 →

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