Research for Nanowrimo 2019

These are the books I am reading in preparation for my National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) project in November. There are three nonfiction books to expand my knowledge base. (“Write what you know.”) And there are three critter-horror novels to help me get a grip on: What techniques do and do not work well when … Continue reading Research for Nanowrimo 2019

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The Freakiest Thing That Ever Happened at Work

I was working outside in a park where sounds dissipate rather than echo off walls like inside a building. The nearest person was my boss on my left side, about six yards away. What I thought was a tall teenage boy leaned over my right shoulder and, half-giggling, yelled, “Boo!” He then let out an … Continue reading The Freakiest Thing That Ever Happened at Work

I’m not good enough to write like that.

I’m not good enough to experiment with a character’s stream of consciousness or write page-long metaphors or create dialogue with two meanings or, hey, onomatopoeia (especially since it took me three tries to spell it right). It’s frustrating because I feel like a little kid with a box of crayons, trying to draw the smooth … Continue reading I’m not good enough to write like that.