The Writing Life

Queen’s Lament Teaser

It's coming! Queen's Lament is one of my long time favorite projects, which is actually an extreme deviation from one of my first completed novels. I'm excited to get this novel finished and edited this spring. I first drafted QL for NaNoWriMo 2015. It was a random idea, sprouting from a scene that hasn't made … Continue reading Queen’s Lament Teaser

The Creative Well

One of the main topics up for discussion in writer's groups is "what do you do when the ideas dry up?" I know some writers who stress over the idea of inspiration--that writing can't happen unless the muse is present and actively whispering sweet nothing plot devices into your ear. I'm not saying it's wrong...but … Continue reading The Creative Well

Those Projects

I've been writing a long time. Back when I was in high school, I made a serious commitment to myself that I was going to write a novel before I graduated and I did. From beginning to end, I wrote a novel using characters based off people I knew set in a dystopian world back … Continue reading Those Projects

When all else fails

I've had a computer for more than 20 years. My dad was the type who had to have the latest and greatest technology, so we had a home computer early on. Later, once laptops became affordable, I had one of those, too and was writing on it constantly. I always had projects going. During high … Continue reading When all else fails

The Benefit of a Zero Draft

As some of you may know, I've participated in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) for a long time. Since 2004, to be exact. Over the years, I've heard a lot of people speak about the detriments of participation because you don't get a publishable novel at the end of November. They're right. … Continue reading The Benefit of a Zero Draft