When I decided to do a complete rewrite of my one and only novel[unfinished of course], I had no idea of how it could mutate into such a surly void. When it happened, I thought I only had two options on how the handle it. I could just toss the entire WiP into the perpetual … Continue reading #writingcraft: Out of the Surly Void
It was back in 2013 when I decided to try to write a novel for the first time. Even then, I knew my skills were patchy, still are for that matter. Nevertheless, I wrote just under 60,000 words for my first draft that year. What got me through it? At the time, I didn’t know … Continue reading #writingcraft: The Comparison Ruse
Way back in 2015 [okay, it wasn’t that long ago], when I began to write my first novel’s first draft [my only novel thus far], I was engulfed in the delusion of thinking the first draft is the hardest of the entire writing process. How could I have been so daft? I know the answer … Continue reading #writingcraft: Beyond the Dread
[The woman in the photo isn't me but her expression is how I feel sometimes when I'm writing.] I’m the type of person who wants to do things my “own” way. I put the word “own” in quotes because it’s rare the idea is an original and instead, I’ve lifted it off of someone or … Continue reading #writingcraft: Gathering Tools
Personal Note: How do you like this new look for my blog? Is the picture too much or does it reflect the title okay? Will this look stick in your mind? I ask because I know I need to stop being so flippant with changing the design of my blog all the time. This frivolous … Continue reading #writingcraft: Mustering Up Courage
I know. It’s December, the month of a zillion holidays, events, and headaches. Yet, yes, I am beginning again. It was in September of 2014 when I had my crude draft done on my first novel, my only novel so far --- maybe my only one ever. I tried several times to get into that … Continue reading #writingcraft: Beginning Again
The people who have been reading my blog for a while are well aware of my problems of adversity in my writing. They are often petty and ordinary in the realm of writing. Although I refuse to believe in writer’s block, I am pretty sure I have the affliction of “creative fear”. I can think … Continue reading #writingcraft: What is My Writing Affliction?
It was about six months ago when I started having grave doubts about my abilities as a writer. Before that time, I thought I had a fleeting shot at getting a book published. Yet, in spite of the distress I felt every time I sat at my desk, I continued to write my blog posts … Continue reading #writingcraft: Perceptive Anguish
The blog, Today’s Author, has a series of posts entitled The Writer’s Circle in which the readers are asked for their opinions on a variety of topics surrounding the craft of writing. On May 15, 2017, the blog published one of these posts asking the readers about if they prefer silence or noise during their … Continue reading #writingcraft: No Talking, PLEASE!
Often the method of writing does not seem to be getting the job done at all. Even if I start out with that blank page of the first draft and begin to pound on the keyboard with gusto. I know that somewhere along the way, I will have to stop to do writing tasks that … Continue reading #writingcraft: Productive or Busy
Summer is here for all those living north of the equator. Vacations are being planned and executed with delight. At least some people are doing that. For me, it is a time for making pronouncements and constancies with the things I want to do with my life--in particular, my writing. Are you thinking I am … Continue reading #writingcraft: System of Reckoning
Everyone has an in-built guide. It’s a voice, a knowing, a nudge that guides you from danger. Some people have developed it and some haven’t, but everyone has it. Listen to your heart. In every issue, listen to your heart. It may save your life. ~ Madam Ova Sabi § I recently started following the … Continue reading #writingcraft: Listening to My Heart