Five years ago, I attended a writing retreat with a large group of authors who all debuted in 2014. We spent a long weekend working and writing and talking about goals. One night, we were asked to talk about where we hoped to be in five years. There were a variety of answers: I want to sell foreign rights to my work. I want to … Continue reading Celebrate the Steps
It’s time to start a new book, and I am not ready. I’m never ready. That’s the whole problem. If you ask me what I need to be ready, I can’t even tell you. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m not ready. I wrote Between and its sequel without worrying about being ready. I wanted to write them, so I did. Somewhere … Continue reading I Am Not Ready.
If you read my last post about Artist Dates, you know that the whole idea of taking time to do something alone that nourishes my inner artist was a hard one for me to embrace. I was worried that it would seem selfish, or that I wouldn’t find any value in them. Sure, I enjoy my alone time, but would it necessarily make me a … Continue reading Thirty Ideas for Artist Dates
I’ve been thinking a lot about self-care lately. In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, she talks about the importance of setting aside time for yourself each week. She calls them Artist Dates. The idea is that you have to give yourself breaks in order to refill the well, so to speak. From Cameron’s web site: The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to … Continue reading The Artist’s Way and Artist Dates. Alternate Title: Am I Really Allowed to Schedule Dates with Myself?
Most of you know I participated in a writing contest a few months ago, in which we were assigned different genres, characters, and subjects to write about in each round. I shared my first round story here. For the second round, I was assigned “Suspense, Judge, and Medicine,” and came up with Keeping Judge Spencer. Enjoy! Keeping Judge Spencer The roses are too pink. … Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Keeping Judge Spencer
Most of you know I participated in a writing contest a few months ago, in which we were assigned different genres, characters, and subjects to write about in each round. For the very first round, I was assigned “Horror, Flower Shop Owner, and Texting.” I took those three things and came up with Potter’s Blooms. These two creepy sisters are my favorite, and I apologize … Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Potter’s Blooms
I’ve devoted a post to this word before, but after the insanity that is #PitchWars, I thought it might be helpful to offer a little refresher. Here goes. What’s your favorite movie of all time? WRONG. It’s Tombstone. I don’t understand why Starbucks sells hot chocolate. I can’t believe some people actually think Mockingjay made any sense at all in relation to The … Continue reading Subjectivity.
Ben Folds is one of my favorite artists of all time. A lot of people are familiar with him because of his mainstream hit, Brick, from the late 90s. If that’s all you know of him, PLEASE dig deeper. He’s an incredible musician and songwriter, and his songs have fantastic lines such as: “Make me feel tiny if it makes you feel tall, but there’s … Continue reading Be Somebody’s Ben Folds
Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash We all know the One Hit Wonder, right? It’s a term typically used to describe a recording artist known for only one hit song. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby, Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time, Eiffel 65 – Blue (I hate myself a little for even thinking of that song), Macy Gray – I Try, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful…you … Continue reading Pondering the One Hit Wonder
Usually, when I sit down to write a story, I have a pretty good idea of who my characters are. I know their names, I know their personalities, I know what their general roles are in the story. But they don’t become REAL to me until I figure out what it is that makes them different from every other character in every other book. … Continue reading Creating Memorable Characters