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.
Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash I copied my work-in-progress (a horror novel) into a web app that counts the number of times I used each word. As I expected, words like the, a, and the characters’ names popped up a lot. However . . . During my initial self-editing process, I had tried to … Continue reading Counting how many times I use REALLY, VERY, WAS, FELT, THOUGHT, and all those other, pesky, weak words.
Background photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash I do quarterly goals instead of monthly or yearly goals. Three months is long enough that I can keep an eye on my overall vision, and short enough that I can regularly evaluate and make adjustments when life throws a curveball. My writing goal the first quarter was … Continue reading 2nd Quarter 2019 Writing Goals
I spent seven days working on my writing process. My goal was to let go of word counts for a week and delve into creativity and flow. Instead of writing sprints, I aimed for ninety-minute sessions “in the zone.” First I had to figure out how to get that creativity and flow going. Duh: Do … Continue reading Getting in the Zone
Image by natanvance on Pixabay This is my very first attempt at an online writing prompt. It was fun! The above image is the March speculative fiction photoprompt from D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. Thanks to Diana for the inspiration! https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/03/02/march-speculative-fiction-prompt-moon-child/ Passover On day three, the rats scatter Sheriff Nolan’s remains (and … Continue reading Photoprompt Flash Fiction: Passover
The above picture with the oh-so-sad, winter trees is from our yard yesterday. Today the sky is heavy with dark clouds, and it’s raining, a cold, vampiric rain that sucks the warmth right out of your blood. We usually get spring by the end of March, so I expect several more weeks of chilly weather. … Continue reading It’s too COLD to Write