In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Breakdown.” Over the years, I’ve broken many habits. That 3:00 p.m. Snickers bar springs to mind. Eating one every day. Every. Day. But overindulgence in delicious caramel and peanuts aside, the habit that most concerns me isn’t one I’d like to break, rather it’s one I need … More Thirsting for Water
Stories are full of little details designed to bring the scene to life for readers. A distant sound. The hint of smoke in the air. The sensation of silk on skin. These touches resonate because we’ve all experienced them and if the writing is good enough, we feel them as the characters do, we inhabit … More Everyday Moments
In the grand scheme of things, blogging is like asking a complete stranger to read your journal. I feel as though I’m standing in in an alleyway, in a trench coat, clutching a leather-bound notebook filled with thoughts written down in ink from a fountain pen. I try to catch the eyes of passers-by, hoping that someone—anyone—will … More Psst…wanna read my journal?
Perhaps I’m a writer because I remember the past as scenes, short—or sometimes long—memories filled with details and emotions. When I work on a story, I create similar vignettes in words from images I construct in my mind, similar to my own remembrances. I often wonder why I remember the past as I do; why … More The Power of Memory, Part 1
Process. It’s that thing we think about as writers, all the time. When we are starting out, we turn to the professionals, wordsmiths who have seen some success and written about that as well – but as The Process, as though their way is The Way. Many, many, many of them say: write every day. … More The Harvest
Sometimes despite my best intentions, blogging needs to take a backseat to the Day Job (more on that in a future post), parenting, or incipient illness. When my life became a perfect storm of all three over the last two weeks, I was tempted to put the writing on the backburner and let things settle … More Maybe It’s Just a Number, or, How Life Gets in the Way
One of the greatest boosts to my second novel, tentatively titled “Pilgrim Soul,” was National Novel Writing Month, known to writers as NaNoWriMo. Each November, participants pledge to complete the first draft of a novel by writing at least 50,000 words. Thanks to the organizers of this annual challenge who created a web platform to … More Making Sense of NaNoWriMo