• Craft,  Creativity,  Work-In-Progress

    Fantastic Fridays: Playing with Writing Prompts

    You might think of writing prompts as a great way to do some writing practice or as a great way to start a new story. But how often have you used them to move an existing story along or to kickstart a stalled work-in-progress? A writing prompt can really help, as long as you are willing to play with it a little to find how it will work for your story. Go on a Tangent Using a prompt to start a story gives you a fresh perspective and helps you pull out unexpected ideas. It can do the same thing for your longer work in progress, if you’re willing to…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: Trust Your Process

    One of the most important things you can do as a writer is learn to trust your process. After all, no matter how many writer friends you have, or how many groups you belong to, writing is basically a solitary activity.  Sure, you can have company while you write, or you can consult on ideas or plot holes, but sooner or later it is going to be just you and the page.  There are hundreds of people out there advising you about writing but the truth is that only YOU know how you write best. You might have to take some time to observe your patterns but the information is…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Fantastic Fridays: 5 Ways to Deal With Feeling ‘Meh’

    If you are looking at your work and feeling stuck or just kind of meh, you’re in good company. All writers feel like that from time to time.  Everyone gets tired of their project, or runs out of ideas, or finds that they ‘just aren’t feeling it’ in the course of their writing. It’s a natural part of being a writer or of doing any sort of extended project.  But, if this project is important to you (even if it doesn’t feel important right now), you will want to find a way out of those tired, meh feelings.  Why not give these solutions a try? Take a rest The first…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Organization,  Revising and Editing,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: 3 Writerly Traps To Avoid

    Sometimes writerly challenges require complex solutions. Other times, our challenges with writing arise from some very basic issues stemming from how we are approaching our early drafts. It’s not that we’re choosing a wrong path, it’s that we’ve fallen into some subconscious patterns that are making things more difficult than they need to be. Since the first step in changing those patterns is to become aware of them, I thought I would share a few reminders of common first draft traps that writers fall into. Trap #1: Trying to write the whole thing at the same time Note: This trap isn’t about trying to complete your story in one marathon…

  • Craft

    Tips For Writing A Memorable Fight Scene

    A fight scene is the most elemental form of conflict. A well-written one can be mesmerizing and enjoyable! Craft yours carefully and you'll have your readers cheering and booing in all the right places.

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: Invite Yourself Back To Your Writing

    Whether you are facing a blank page, or trying to get back into the ‘zone’ you were working in last time, starting a new writing session can be a challenge. But getting your writing started doesn’t have to feel so hard. In fact, if you can develop a practice of inviting yourself back to your writing, you can make it easier and easier to get started. So, how do you invite yourself back? Check out the list below so you can begin to develop your own enticing invitation to get writing. Start at the end Obviously, you can’t jump ahead to the end of a session that hasn’t even started.…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Organization,  Time Management

    Fantastic Fridays: A Tiny Plan For A Small Writing Victory

    When we think about our writing goals, we tend to think big. We set our eyes on the prize – the finished story, the published book – and we forget the small steps that lie between our starting point and the prize. You can’t write a story without writing a bunch of paragraphs. A paragraph is not possible without sentences. A sentence requires words. Words start from ideas…and so on. There are all kinds of small victories to plan for and celebrate on the path between our first word and our finished story. If you are trying to write but the thought of the “prize” is too daunting, perhaps you…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    Fantastic Fridays: Celebrate Every Word & Every Minute

    When we’re aiming to create a writing practice or to complete a specific writing project, we tend to keep our eyes on the road ahead. It’s great to know where we are going, obviously, but have you taken a glance over your shoulder recently? If we always looking forward, we only see the distance between our current position and our goal. But, if we glance backward, we’ll see how far we have come. It is worth taking the time to notice your progress. And it is worth taking time to celebrate your hard work. Even if – especially if- your hard work has mostly been about figuring out how to…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Organization,  Uncategorized

    Create a Writing Habit that Works for You

    What do you think is the one thing that successful writers have in common? Talent, you might say. An extraordinarily creative mind. Persistence. Maybe just plain luck. All of these can play a role, but they aren’t the determining factor. Consider what these well-known authors have said. Maya Angelou: “I keep a hotel room in which I do my work… I try to get there around seven, and I work until two in the afternoon.” Alice Munro: “I write every morning, seven days a week. I write starting about eight o’clock and finish around eleven…. I have a quota of pages.” Steven King: “I try to get six pages a…