otherwise known as “only the latest scene in my work in progress that was a pain in the ass to write” … More My 10 Steps for Getting Through that Very Important Scene that is Just. Not. Happening.
or, Don’t Take a Benadryl Before Brainstorming and Damn Those Mosquitoes at the Outdoor Concert on Friday Night Me trying to transcribe the brainstorming notes that I wrote on Saturday afternoon while in a Benadryl-and-desert-heat-induced fog: “So, what I need is a reason for GG & J to be working did your in the [what?]” “And … More Trippy Scribblings from the Other Side
(or Soft, Ladylike, and Matronly, According to the Synonym Finder) For the past month I have been rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo project, since an editor I pitched to at the LERA conference I attended in November expressed interest my manuscript. Yeah, I’m kinda doing this: The thing with revisions is that, unlike the unfettered pouring of creativity that … More Girl, You’ll Be Womanly Soon
I got the news from Vic. She sold her townhouse but the new owner didn’t want the hot tub. (Is this buyer crazy?!) So Vic hired somebody to come chop the hot tub into pieces and haul it away. Waaah! My beta readers and I spent a summer of Sundays in that hot tub, reading … More In Loving Memory of the Hot Tub
or, I’m in Synopsis-Writing Hell. Liquor isn’t helping. Not to say that I didn’t try, though. I finished my latest round of manuscript cuts a few days ahead of schedule. The next step was to rewrite my synopsis. This is how I made the best use of my time advantage: 1. Took a few days off from even looking at … More This Maybe Isn’t the Most Efficient Way to Write a Synopsis
I shooed him off my writing chair. I waved him away from my keyboard. Now he’s found a new place to hang out. In the corner of my bookcase, behind the printer, on top of the wireless router. I know. So pitiful. At least I can get some writing done.
Write February 23, 2015 The fun and frivolity of February are coming to a close. Thank God. I need more sleep. The panic attacks are increasing in frequency. I’m two weeks behind on my self-imposed reading regimen. The work I’ve been doing on my NaNoWriMo project has just been brainstorming plot hole fixes and fleshing out … More Kind of Like a Robert Johnson Song
Write August 27, 2014 I’m going to be taking a brief hiatus from blogging in order to get some manuscript changes done to submit to an agent. Eeeep! I know what I’ll be doing over Labor Day weekend. While munching apples. After years, the dwarf apple tree by my back door, the tree I never water … More In the Meantime, Apples
Write February 26, 2014 I was feeling a bit stagnified in my writing. (Okay, I know stagnified isn’t technically a word, but it does come close to describing my feeling.) I’m still working on queries. That’s possibly why I feel like I’m getting nowhere. So I decided to change my schedule and shake something loose. … More Flipping the Writing Schedule and Hot Yoga Visions
Write February 19, 2014 Read comic books. Do housework. Do laundry. Paint toenails. Collect book jacket blurbs from Goodreads. Go to the movies. Collect more book jacket blurbs from Goodreads. Go to the movies again. Analyze the book jacket blurbs for that magic hook. Listen again to the NPR interview with the writers of Dallas Buyers Club on … More How to Procrastinate Doing Query Letters