2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge: Prelude

Since I missed the Theme Reveal last week, I feel compelled to share with my fellow bloggers and participants my theme, which I don’t have one. My theme is simply ramblings about who I am, who I want to become, what I’ve learned, and my progress in my works.

For some time, I debated whether or not I wanted to take on this challenge. I know there’s no guarantee that I will gain new followers, but I’m interested in seeing what others discuss on their blogs. And for those who already follow me, this will be an opportunity to learn more about me.

This definitely will be a learning experience. As I continue to write, I hope to learn more about the process and build the confidence to share more of my work.

Let the challenge commence!

By the way, if you look on the A to Z Blogging Challenge sign-up page, I’m number 1260.

Month in Review: March

Dear Readers,

You may be wondering why I am posting my month in review a little early (or not). Well, March was a slow month for me. I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I edited a story I forgot about. I don’t keep my notebooks around like I should. There was a time I “lost” my notebook at work. I thought it was thrown away, but it got moved to another room. A relief, but I made a vow that I wouldn’t leave my stuff lying around. I keep my stories close until I feel it’s time to release them into the wild. But, one never knows when an idea will pop up. A character sketch, a note, a paragraph, whatever. So, I am trying to break that habit and take my notebook with me. It’s important that I not leave it lying around for days at work. But I need to write whenever free time is available.

The second reason why March has been a slow month is because I am preparing for the A to Z Blogging Challenge starting in a couple of days. This is an exciting venture for me in a variety of ways. It will force me to write every day, of course. (Except on Sundays, but I’ll bring my notebooks to journal or compose short stories, thereby meeting the goal of writing every day.) Second, it will force me to keep deadlines, which will mean setting aside blocks of time to write, which for me, is early in the morning. So, I am preparing for that. I have to admit that this is the one part of the challenge I am not looking forward to.

This is a short post, I admit, but I still have a ways to go in preparing for the blogging challenge. I hope you readers will follow me on this journey. Wish me luck.

Best way to write… is there any?

The great debate. What’s your preference?

Spirited Quill

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I recently listened to an interview with my two favorite teacher-writers, Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron; they were asked about writing methods and whether longhand was a requisite for a full writing experience, or if writing on a keypad was acceptable. As I expected, they were both partial to handwriting, but they acknowledged that writing on a laptop worked for many people. They believe that it is usually more difficult to achieve the same level of spiritual connection with your writing if you are not using a pen and paper; somehow by typing on a keypad the whole activity becomes more cerebral, and less intuitive. I agree wholeheartedly with that. I LOVE writing by hand; it feels intimate; it allows me to truly switch off and float. It is not the same thing when I write on my laptop. I keep re-editing what I write; there is no flow. Not for me, anyway. However…

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Writers and Organization: A Ten-Minute Novelists Chat Session

This morning, I wrote in my journal. I know, big surprise. “I’m a writer. Writing is what I should be doing.” Admittedly, I don’t write in my journal as often as I should. It’s not a daily practice. I don’t have a quota I meet. I don’t have time set aside for writing sessions. I don’t have a space where I sit down to write. I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to my writing. Continue reading “Writers and Organization: A Ten-Minute Novelists Chat Session”

Month in Review: February

Like most blogs I’ve read in the past two days, bloggers are glad February is over. I am, too. I’m tired of the cruelty of winter. Granted, where I live, the winter has not been as brutal, but I had my share of icy conditions, the threat of the city shutting down, again. I had to deal with no power for roughly about twelve hours and no internet for a little longer. But that’s nothing compared to what others dealt with on what seemed like a daily basis. So, enough about the weather.

I planned on having this post up sooner, but I’ve been reeling over a death in the family. I’m still gathering info on what happened. I haven’t heard anything on the arrangements. For those who follow me, I’ll have a post summarizing all that has happened.

For now, let’s assess and reflect on what I accomplished on my writing. Like most bloggers I follow, February felt way too short; like we skipped a month or something. I didn’t make any headway on any of my writing goals. I have a flash fiction piece on my blog for Valentine’s Day and a post on my thoughts on Black History Month. Outside of that, I didn’t do much writing. I wrote a few journal entries, but wasn’t consistent, if you can call two days worth of writing, consistent. I haven’t made any strides toward mapping out a novel. And I haven’t started reading any books from my reading list, which is continually growing.

Yeah, February was not a good month, writing-wise. But, life is about balance. It’s human nature to shoot off everything that is wrong and focus on the negative. But, you have to give equal attention to the good and the bad. Too much of one thing will drive you insane.

So, while it’s easy to feed on the negative, I am going to list a few things that did go well. For starters, I did add some books to my reading list. After some lively chats on Facebook and Twitter, I found some books worth reading; a few classics as well as some up-and-coming writers. And I have found a writing group in my town. Truth be told, I knew of this group for a while. Whenever there’s a book fair or a town festival, this group is out and about, seeking new members. They meet on the third Saturday every month at a local college I attended. The first meeting is free, and they encourage people to attend regularly. The membership fee is reasonable for the year. Like anything else, I just have to work the courage to take the plunge. I did get my new laptop. (It’s more of a treat than a goal.) I’m trying to get used to Windows 8 and all its capabilities. I may have to buy one of those “Dummies” books, as well as one for Scrivener, as soon as I download it.

Finally, I set a new goal for my writing. There is something called “The A to Z Challenge” that bloggers participate in during the month of April. I am going to accept this challenge. The idea is that you write every day on a different topic from A to Z. The good thing is that the posts do not have to be long, which is good because, quite frankly, I don’t know if I can write five hundred words or so on any given topic. This will be my first year (duh!) and the first time I will truly feel like I have deadlines to meet. My goal in this challenge is to set a time to write and be consistent. (There’s that word again.) I’m in the planning stages now, coming up with my A to Z topics. And I’ll make notes as I progress.

Well, that’s my February. I would like to know how yours was. Feel free to let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Until then, take care and happy writing.

Pucker Up: Writing a Kissing Scene

Even though it’s the last day of the month, I figure it’s worth posting.

A Writer's Path

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As readers, we root for a kiss to happen between the characters who we know are just meant to be together in a novel.  When it finally happens, we inwardly cheer (okay, sometimes outwardly as well) and then move on.

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Black History Month: My Perspective

February is usually a quiet month, outside of the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and the Oscars, which is airing as I write this post. It’s also American Heart Month, which reminds me–I need to start working out. Can’t be a good writer sitting around the house all day. Need to exercise every once in a while.

And, lest we forget, February is Black History Month. Continue reading “Black History Month: My Perspective”