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
I Bird Boxed My Imagination or How I Scared Myself Sh*tless to Get Ideas for Spooky Scenes. I tried three different ideas, and they all worked. 1. Blindfolded in a Cemetery I visited a cemetery during a chilling wind storm (not an electrical storm!) and blindfolded myself. With my strongest sense out of commission, I … Continue reading I Bird Boxed My Imagination
These were my beginning steps, the ones I listed in my post "The Start" on September 16, 2018: 1. Set up a writing blog. 2. Figure out a working title for my upcoming Nanowrimo book. 3. Read three books for research to learn about wilderness survival, animals in the wild, and 19th Century witches. 4. … Continue reading The Rewrite
Photo by Carolina Pimenta on Unsplash I’ve been working on ways to up the spooky factor in my scary scenes. One way, of course, is to make it dark. That’s human-basic. As little kids, when we have nightmares, we won’t go back to sleep unless the lights are on. As adults, when our cars break down, we’d much … Continue reading “It was dark.”
I set myself up with nine strategies to get me to the end of November with a NaNoWriMo win. (A “win” is writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.) These strategies are working so well I’m going to use as many as I can on my next writing project. I wrote down and broadcast … Continue reading How I Know I’m Gonna Win NaNoWriMo!
Jess Walter wrote and rewrote the first sentence of Beautiful Ruins “at least 500 times.”(1) It took Lance Marcum twelve hours to write the first sentence of The Cottonmouth Club.(2) First sentences are that important. In order to study what makes a good opening, I dug up some popular horror novels, some I haven't read … Continue reading First Sentences