Month in Review: July

The dog days are summer almost done, thank goodness. At least where I’m at, parents and kids are buying school supplies–which is the equivalent of Christmas to a writer. Normally I would be buying composition books and pens, particularly one type of pen. But I’ve staved the urge this year. Continue reading “Month in Review: July”

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Patience

So, it’s about time I come up with something original. As exhilarating and inspirational as some of these posts from others that I’ve put on my blog, I need something fresh. And as I write this post, a question arises. Why am I in such a hurry to write this? What’s driving me? And why should I care? A sudden spark of inspiration, sure. Fulfilling a desire to write, possibly. There are a number of answers, but they revolve around one virtue: patience. Continue reading “Patience”

Camp NaNoWriMo: Tackling Writer’s Block

As Rachel eloquently puts it, this month is a struggle for most authors. Every day of every month is a struggle to write, but this month in particular. So Rachel presents writers with suggestions for those struggling with Writer’s Block. Hope they will be of help.

Rachel Bohlen

So, it turns out that this month has not exactly gone the way I anticipated. I’m behind on my word count, and I’ve missed a lot of writing days. I wish I could chalk this up to some easy excuse–working more than usual, personal stress, etc.–but it’s a combination of stress, exhaustion, and just not wanting to write. I’m beginning to wonder if my idea really has the teeth to make it to 50,000 words. So far, I’ve hit a little over 20,000, and I’m not entirely sure where it’s going. That can be good, but I don’t know here. Also, it’s a horror story, and quite frankly, it’s just not scary enough. I need to amp up the fear factor.

That being said, I wanted to take on a common problem for writers: writer’s block. I know some people will try to convince you that writer’s block isn’t real, but…

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7 Writing Rules For Fiction

Whether you’re a new writer or seasoned veteran, we should never stop learning ways to be better. I came to this revelation after a harsh, but honest, critique. So, thanks to a fellow blogger, here are a few writing rules to remember.

A Writer's Path

Fiction

Overwhelmed by fiction-writing advice? Me too, and I’m an editor as well as a writer. Everyone and anyone who has a blog or website seems to be keen on throwing in their penny’s worth. A lot of it is genuinely good advice. But what works for them won’t necessarily be right for you.

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And Equality For All

I feel compelled to insert my two cents on some topics gnawing at my conscience. I try not to discuss the politics of certain subjects because I seem to dig holes that are impossible to climb. And everyone is passionate about the underlying issues involved, almost to the point of radicalism. I’ve lost a few friends because they were so dead-set on an issue and were so vehement on pushing their opinions to make others see their point of view. For me to “unfriend” someone because I don’t share their opinion is shameful. I deem it as me not being respectful to the individual. True, we’re not going to agree on every subject that comes up. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends. Over the recent events like the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson, the church shootings in North Carolina, marriage equality across the board, and immigrant relations (thanks to Donald Trump), I’ve learned to tread lightly and pick my battles wisely. And sometimes that means adhering to the words: “discretion is the better part of valor.” Continue reading “And Equality For All”