Writing in the Midst of it All

Okay, my thoughts here are going to be nothing new and certainly nothing profound. But I’ve had a block in my writing all week (Anyone else? Yeah, I thought so.), and I’m hoping processing it here a bit will free me up to get back to my story. Which needs to happen. My Facebook feed […]

Transitioning Between Projects: How Do YOU Do It?

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pretty darned immersed in revising my picture book. People talk about which stage of writing a book we like best–early drafts, major revisions, final polishing. I’ll take any and all of those, as long as I get to a point where I can be and am totally […]

Five Writing Things I’ve Thought about This Week

1. Letting the first draft be the wind-up draft, knowing that the action/big stuff is stating way late in the story. Imagining myself borrowing my husband’s HUGE new shopvac and just SUCKING that slow, padding away in the next revision. 2. Reactions. When something happens in a story, the characters–ESPECIALLY the point of view character–has […]

Write What You Know? Ahem…

I don’t think so. If I only wrote what I knew, I would never have: Created a 1st-person, 12-year-old boy protagonist Written a scene at a skate-board park that ends in a get-away race to safety Listened to many explanations of DNA-matching and written about it for 7-year-olds (Hi, Lee!) Taken a trip to Chicago […]