• Craft,  Creativity,  Inspiration

    Top 10 Ways To Describe An Object In Your Novel And Why It Matters

    It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years since she’s given it to me and I can’t not think of her when I see it. This glass heart could be a weapon if I needed to be. It has little value other than who gave it to me. I also have a lamp, a cardboard coaster from a beer garden in Germany, four…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Creativity,  Nanowrimo

    Top 10 Emergency Writing Prompts (And Photos) To Help You Through Nanowrimo

    We’re in week 3 of Nanowrimo and if we’re really honest, it’s been a rough month. You may have had moments of frenzy, of fatigue, of despair. And you still have several days to go! Your purpose in Nanowrimo is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t even have to be all that coherent. In fact what you’re doing wrong may be stressing you out. Instead, just write down what comes to your head. Don’t self edit. Don’t go backward. Just put down word after word. The following prompts may just get you over your little funk and get you…

  • Creativity,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Writing Prompt

    Top 10 Things You Can Do When You Are Stuck, Either Literally or Figuratively

      You’re stuck. This post is exactly what you need, assuming you’re not so stuck that you can’t read a screen. If you’re stuck figuratively in the writing of your novel and you need a clue on what to do next, this list is for you. If you are stuck literally: you have gum in your hair, you’re dealing with Super Glue or you’ve driven into a ditch, I can help you there too. I’ve got all kinds of unstuck solutions for you below. Why do this? Because bouncing back and forth between the literal and the figurative isn’t the least bit weird.    Figurative Stuck Tip #1: Go back…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Creativity,  Nanowrimo,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Prompt

    Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

    Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about it. You can always go back and fix it later. 2. What does your character have in his pocket, purse or glove compartment? Candy? A gun? Drugs? A crucifix? A hundred thousand dollars in cash? Microfilm? A flash drive? A recording? An epi-pen? A switchblade?  He remembers!  And it uses it, just as the right time…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Observation

    The Extraordinary Ordinary A Guest Post by TLC Nielsen

      We all know someone with the gift of gab. In my family, my mother can start a conversation with strangers and have their life story in under 5 minutes. When we visited Downtown Disney a few years back, I watched my mother in action as she talked with a store clerk, asking how she ended up working there. I took notes, knowing that as an introverted writer, I needed to cultivate this verbal gift. As I relaunched my blog this year, trying to capture the extraordinary ordinary lives of folks around me, I’ve found my mother’s people techniques to be solid. Here’s what I’ve learned from watching her: JUST…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Nanowrimo,  Writing Prompt

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Additional Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo

    Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo. Today I have ten more! The following prompts may just get you started! 1. Describe what everyone is wearing. This is especially for your girly-girls. Go into detail about the honey colored cashmere twin set that the receptionist has on. Have it remind you of your Aunt Grace and the time she took you shopping at Macy’s and you got squirted in the eye by the perfume counter and now you can’t smell Jennifer Lopez’s new scent without thinking of Aunt Grace. Do it. It will be awesome. 2. There’s an annoying noise…