It’s a shambling bramble patch of a draft, but the novel formerly known as “Irish Roots” has now been written through to the end. It’s about 100,000 words, prints out as 350 pages. I’ve been working on it since February 2008. I was boosted in my efforts by two workshops and a local gang ofContinue reading “The First Irish Draft Is Finished”
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In Which Georgette Heyer and Remington Steele Are Juxtaposed
I stumbled across Remington Steele on Hulu and figured I’d take the opportunity to actually see the show. It’s a detective show that was on the air from 1982 to 1987. For a variety of reasons, my access to TV as a kid was spotty, and in spite of the crush-worthy Pierce Brosnan, I’d onlyContinue reading “In Which Georgette Heyer and Remington Steele Are Juxtaposed”
A Week of Prompts: Saturday
To round out our week, one last book: The Write Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer
A Week of Prompts: Friday
Setting the Scene We start with “Where does the scene take place?” (and that’s the prompt for today). But we can add depth for the reader: time of day, sensory experiences, attitudes of the characters to this place and time, how it compares to other settings . . .
A Week of Prompts: Thursday
A book! An honest-to-gosh book! The Pocket Muse, Monica Wood Photos, essays about the writing life and getting it done, quotes, random thoughts, and prompts. This kind of thing could be a sappy soup, but I’ve found it to be a great testament to noticing: what you have available to you is enough, so doContinue reading “A Week of Prompts: Thursday”
A Week of Prompts: Wednesday
2010 Writer’s Challenge This is a blog put together by some grads of Emerson University to keep their writing going. The challenge is simple: “I will write every day.” They put up a blog post every day with anything from a few words to a writing exercise to get you moving.
A Week of Prompts: Tuesday
one word “simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following page. you have sixty seconds to write about it. as soon as you click ‘go’ the page will load with the cursor in place.”
A Week of Prompts: Monday
The Forecast What’s the horoscope? How do the I Ching sticks throw down? If you had a fortune cookie right now, what would it tell you? Prompt:
A Week of Prompts: Sunday
The From the Heart chapter of RWA has a writing group contrarily called the Procrastinators. Really what we do is pick a week or two every month to post goals and encourage each other to move forward, with quotes, cheerleading, and tips. I’m the host this month, and I thought I’d cross-post the tips. Today’sContinue reading “A Week of Prompts: Sunday”
Why I Like Computers
Back when I was in college, kids, before there were word processors, I wrote or typed my papers for school on the back of scratch paper and laid it out on the floor. To edit, I snipped it apart with scissors, taped in new paragraphs or rearranged it, and retyped it.