I was asked a seemingly simple question - why do we write? We can look at this with cold logic and reply simply: we write to communicate, educate, or record. And that is quite true. Perhaps the real question is: why do writers write? It would be different for everyone. Some want to scare, thrill, or … Continue reading why do we write?
So, let's pretend you're a writer (or if you are one, just be you) - you've spent months developing characters and putting them in all kinds of fun (and not fun) situations. You've spent so much time at that wooden table at your local coffee place that you glare at interlopers if they dare sit … Continue reading writer problems #3 – meeting your characters
Reading classic literature can enrich our lives. But sometimes it's fun to sass it. After all, life is better with sass. Walden - Summary: Old hipster takes a sabbatical from modern life and dedicates his time to old-timey blogging of the experience. Hates most house guests. Good quotes and perhaps the genesis of the writer's … Continue reading Thoughts on classic lit: Walden
Grammar tips – brought to you by a random non-grammarian. We all struggle with grammar sometimes. Texting is the most common venue for grammar fuck-ups and the worst is messing up: they're, there, and their. I know the difference and yet sometimes quick fingers make a fool of me too. But, in case you don't … Continue reading Random Grammar Tip #2
As writers, we face a lot of problems - intense Google searches, embarrassing Google searches, hours-long Etsy searches (I promise, this DOES have to deal with writing)... One problem is the dreaded (though actually supportive) question: "so, are you still writing?" <sigh> Maybe it's just a dreaded question for me lately, as I've fallen off … Continue reading Writer Problems: Still writing?
I recently read A simple favor, a twisty thriller about the friendship of two women and the mysterious disappearance of one of them. I had a fair amount of feelings while reading this book - Unlikable characters with interesting stories to tell: I've always envied and wondered on how this can be done in my … Continue reading A Simple Favor and connection
Well, it's that time again. We're in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where novices and experts alike try to write 50,000 words in one month. I wish I could say there are two kinds of writers - those who struggle to craft every word and those who write quickly and with a … Continue reading How do you write?
Hello there, I'm dusting off the cobwebs of this blog to wish you a happy NaNoWriMo's eve. And while I'm at it, for all the non-writers out there, happy Halloween! But back to the topic at hand - NaNoWriMo. In case you didn't know, November is National Novel Writing Month. It's a chaotic time, when … Continue reading NaNo WriMo’s Eve
One of the most common questions we ask as writers is - how much editing should I do? We know first drafts are hardly ever (I don't want to say never, but really, pretty much never) fit for publication. But how do you know when your work is ready (or even simply good enough)? I've heard other … Continue reading Are developmental edits worth it?
On writing dialogue I hear it in my writers' group often - there is a fear among many writers of failing at dialogue. And it's a valid fear. The worst thing, as a reader, is to come across something on the page that pulls you out of the moment (or worse, the story). And dialogue, that tricky … Continue reading Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue