This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
I’ve been waiting for someone. This is not someone I know, but someone I want to get to know. Actually, she’s a character. I didn’t realize she was a somewhat major character until last week when her role in my story grew. Now, I need to get to know her in order to move on, … Continue reading Getting Characters to Come and Play . . . or Not
Yesterday, I sat at the computer all morning, ready to write. I have a time line here. It’s summer vacation, and it ends in six weeks. I need to write . . . NOW! I have goals! My muses don’t seem to be getting my sense of urgency as they failed to bless me with … Continue reading The Muses Must Play
I’ve read lots of books on writing over the years, but I’ve always read them from a teacher’s perspective ie. how can I use these ideas to help improve my student’s writing? Now that I’ve begun writing, they’ve taken on a whole new meaning. I have to improve my writing?!? I haven’t written much in … Continue reading Just . . . Keep . . . Writing
When I had my children, the first one had a name way before he got here; the second one took a little longer. She was here, in our arms, for a few hours before she had a name. Now, I’ve given birth to a slew of characters all of whom need names. Most of them … Continue reading Name Block