xwritersblockThis is the hardest part- figuring out what to write. I’m not back 100% so for me, writing nonfiction is easier than writing fiction. I am seriously considering turning some of my writer workshops into ebooks as I know they’d be fun and easy for me to do, but at the same time, I want to write fiction again. This is the toughest aspect of writing. When to push and when not to push. *sigh* (more…)

Occasionally when one writes, one discovers the meaning of life, liberty, and the hardness of your head. It’s a skill requiring you to be resourceful and thrilled when everything moves in the right direction. For me, it’s a matter of being happy when the characters cooperate, the plot moves how it should and nothing stalls out for the next scene in line. However, it’s not always fun and games in our world of writing. Occasionally the characters throw up road blocks, the plot stalls, and worse– your fingers refuse to make one more movement on the keyboard. It’s time to review what’s there and take stock. 
 
What does this mean? It means rereading the last ten pages or the last couple of chapters of what’s been written. It means taking a bit of time to interview your characters to see why they’re behaving in unusual ways they’ve never behaved before. It also means step away from the keyboard and do not write another word in the story until you have the right frame of mind for the scene you’re in. You might be heading in the wrong direction and not know it consciously, but unconsciously the warnings are blaring something fierce. So, how do you fix all this?  (more…)

This week has been crazy. My day job, which is actually been 3:30pm-midnight this week, has been nuts. I’m learning so much, which is great. But the changes have been immense. First the class was 3 weeks, then one week, now it’s one week class and one week of on the floor work, with people there to guide us. I’m not complaining, but it’s a lot to take in. It makes the head spin. Spin I say. It’s a lot like editing. There’s a lot to do– lots of different things and you need to organize how you do it, otherwise, you’ll feel lost and confused. Which is why it’s important to have a great relationship with your editor.  (more…)

I’m having new adventures in writing. I am! How? When I was diagnosed with ADD after my breakdown, I discovered I had to relearn all the things I had been able to do before– like sitting and writing for long stretches at a time, reading for long periods, even focusing minutely without letting other outside noises interfere. This hasn’t be easy, especially since I’ve always been able to do it before– so why not now? Yeah– sometimes the blondeness shows!  (more…)

One of my writing buddies gave me the URL to a fantastic article dealing with editing and how professional writers should handle edits. It’s snarky, it’s fun and most importantly, it’s a good reminder to get things done when you’re supposed to. It’s definitely going to be bookmarked for future reference just to keep my hate of editing at a minimum. My reason for not liking editing isn’t because I think I’m better than that- it’s because I’m usually in a new story and I don’t wanna go back to a story that I know so well already. To my mind it’s done and over with. *sigh* But this, might just keep me laughing through edits.

Bleeding Red Ink by Lesli Richardson