#writingcraft: System of Reckoning

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 …

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Redesigning My Work Plan

First, just to get it out of the way, my WiP is now over 25,000 words. It hasn’t grown much since August, less than 12,000 words worth. I’m still a pantser for the most part. I do character questionnaires as the characters pop into the story. I use the Bing map to lay out where …

Inconstant and Flaky

I keep on changing when I’m going to publish my blog posts. It’s more often than the changes I do in design themes.  First I think I can handle three times per week. I start feeling bogged down within two months and switch to two posts each week. Before long I’m changing the number to one per …

The Fusser

I’m perplexed by the writing process these days. I’m a neat freak by nature, yet I’m finding it confrontal. Yesterday afternoon, I came across a post written by Jami Gold about being organized. Reading this article, I became more frustration with my own inability to regulate my daily life. Everything she wrote made sense, of …

December Oddities

It’s been years, decades really, since I have felt that excitement of Christmas and the new year. I think the last time was when my stepdaughter was eight or nine years old. She’s thirty one now so that tells you how long it’s been. This isn’t to say that I’m actually a Scrooge though. I …