I usually use the hashtag, #writingcraft for my first post of the month. Be that as it may, I found the hashtag, #amwriting a little more appropriate for the subject this time. You may not think so at first but please bear with me. § As I’ve told you, I’ve been taking a free online … Continue reading #amwriting: Getting Out of a Dither
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
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
I have come up with a new idea for a story. I am, most definitely, still in the preliminary stages with it trying to figure out what my settings will be, how the plot should evolve, and who my characters will be. This post depicts the first of numerous character sketches. § He lumbered into … Continue reading #amwriting: The Preacher
I started out as a pure pantser with my only guide being yWriter. That rough draft still sits in a folder of one of my clouds waiting patiently for me to return to it. The poor thing needs so much revision, when and if I get back to it, it will be a total rewrite. … Continue reading #writingcraft: What Worksheets Work?
Last Tuesday I started thinking about how I was going to get back on the train of the blogosphere after being somewhat MIA [missing in act] for six weeks. As an “unpublished” writer, I don’t feel qualified to give advice to any other writer, so posts stressing how to do anything concerning the craft is … Continue reading Nine Month Kickoff
A few days ago I woke up with a multitude of health problems. Some were easy fixes. I opened the new bottle of Ibuprofen and swallowed two with water. That took care of the headache and the chronic leg pain for a while so that I could come up with some sort of plan to … Continue reading Stomping On Hate
The debate between deep Point Of View and omniscient Point Of View is becoming a major topic of discussion in the writers’ community. Many writers are cheering for the profound perspective of the characters they create, hoping their choice is what their readers want. I’m not convinced this is the way to convey all tales. … Continue reading Deep POV vs. Omniscient POV
Some followers of this blog have been with me from the beginning in February of 2013. They probably feel they know me, at least a fair amount about my personality. Yet, there are so many things even some of my family members don’t know about me. My about page is purposely written in general terms, … Continue reading Writing about Me / Religion
It must have been before Christmas, maybe even before Thanksgiving that I became unbelievably cynical about my abilities as a writer. I suppose many writers go through this at least once during their serious endeavors in the craft, but it’s a poignant thing to experience nevertheless. The words had been sticking in the most unfortunate … Continue reading Disenchanted with My Scribble
A disagreement can break the bonds of an otherwise congenial relationship. Is the subject of debate that earnest? Are the words voiced so callous and bitter? Is the bias of one or both that contrasting? Yes, the topic can be that grave. One or both can utter words that knowingly or unknowingly devastate the other. … Continue reading Dissension and Relationships
Regardless of the years of education I’ve had within the subject of creative writing, I didn’t learn the finer points of storytelling. I know, of course, a character should have his or her own personality, flaws, traits, dreams, and whatever else I can’t think of at the moment. I also know that a good story … Continue reading Character What?!