“And what about those [writers' workshop] critiques, by the way? How valuable are they? Not very, in my experience, sorry. A lot of them are maddeningly vague. I love the feeling of Peter's story,someone may say. It had something... a sense of I don't know... there's a loving kind of you know... I can't exactly describe it.... … Continue reading I got class
I always figured that if the world was ending, you could find me playing Candy Crush. In my life, when I encounter strife, stress, sadness, or any combination of the three, I tend to take the quickest path to brain atrophy possible. TV or news won't work, because there's a chance of me hearing something … Continue reading Writing in the midst of chaos
Let's talk about National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November. The idea is to take the 30 days in November, write every day, hammer out a novel in a month. nanowrimo.org has great resources for support such as message boards, accountability in the form of counters and reminders, and that doesn't even get into all … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017
Last weekend I went to my local writer's conference in Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Writers Conference is small, (at least I think it is, I've never actually been to a writer's conference before,) but there was a ton of great ideas, insight, networking, and practice for writers of all types. It was a completely … Continue reading Well, I Submitted
You don’t have to immediately quit your job to become a writer. You need only to start writing. -Cheryl Strayed I started my morning with a cheerful read-in on Facebook. Most days, that's how my morning begins. A short drive or walk to work (often accompanied with a healthy dose of NPR and/or a book … Continue reading Read In, then Start Writing
I guess technically the writing process for me already started, but this blog is new, so let's just say this is the "once upon a time."