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.
I learned three big lessons when I attended the Roanoke Author Invasion book festival earlier this month. (I attended as a reader, sigh, but some day . . . ! ) Lesson Numero Uno Authors are super nice in person and are happy to talk about their books and their writing processes. The authors I … Continue reading 3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion
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
Autographed, cool! If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader. Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this quarter with my one-sentence reviews. When the Lights Go Out – Ink Slingers’ Halloween Anthology (2015). In an anthology there’s sure to be at least one author’s voice that doesn’t … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2019 Reads
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