Stop Writing Alone

I’m sitting here at my local Barnes & Noble Cafe waiting for another member from my writing group because we have a meeting today. It’s called a “Write-In.” What do we do here? Simple. We write. No prompts, no activities led by me or any other members, simply a time and space reserved for each […]

Goals

I set a goal: finish the rewrite of my novel in July. I completed that goal. I still can’t believe it. I had to work on over 24,000 words in one day to make sure it happened by the end of July 31st, but something about that goal seemed really important, as if letting it […]

Morning Musings – Tinnitus

My ears are ringing. The house is so quiet I can hear the airplanes flying over head, the water dribbling through the fish tank filter, and the ringing in my ears. It occurred to me while writing my morning pages this morning that if there were anything else going on in this house — my […]

Doing It Badly

I come up with an idea. It seems like a good thing to set into action. I take a step in the right direction. And then I stop. I find myself thinking so hard about the next fifteen steps. Which direction should they be in? How often should I take them? Should I pick a […]

Revision Transformations

I joined Wattpad in April of 2013. I wasn’t sure what it was then, but I loved the community and the opportunity to read other budding writers. I shared early chapters of Girl Unplugged (my current WIP) when it was entitled Now What? and I couldn’t be more grateful to have those chapters there for […]

The Artist’s Way Invitation

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is a 12 week program to unblock your creative self. The subtitle of the book that contains it all, calls it a “spiritual path to higher creativity.” I started it last year, but, life got in the way, and I never finished it. I loved it and felt its […]

#FlashFiction – How To Run While Falling

“Listen to the goat,” Valerie said, “it will change your life.” In middle school it was fun to be best friends with the astrology expert. By the end of seventh grade Valerie had done the charts of every girl in our class. She had even predicted more than half of our dates to the eighth […]

Last Lines

This week’s flash fiction prompt from Chuck Wendig is so short one can almost misconstrue it as easy. Here it is: Your task this week is simple: I want you to come up with a single sentence. Just one. No more than thirteen words long. That’s it? I thought initially, until I started to really […]