Yesterday, a friend tweeted this article on The Guardian, "Unthinkable? Bring Back Typewriters." While the author makes some great points about how using a typewriter slows the writer down, thereby making writers more intentional about word choices, and how typewriters remove the distracting allure of the internet, I'd have to say, "hell no!!" I'll keep … Continue reading I’ll Keep my Laptop, Thank You
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I’ve spent the last two weeks taking notes and writing down ideas anticipating the day I'd have time to sit down and write something. After working probably 75+ hours over each of the last two weeks (sometimes being a high school teacher and coach can suck every second … Continue reading Where do scenes come from?
This past weekend, I traveled to Portland, Oregon and attended the Willamette Writer’s Conference. I learned enough to fill twenty blog posts, so I decided to try to condense the experience into a single list of major lessons. 1) I learned that you can pitch an incomplete novel. No agent will buy it, but they’ll … Continue reading What I Learned at my First Writing Conference
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 judged a round of Original Oratory yesterday morning at the National Forensics Tournament here in Dallas. No, this is not a tournament as to who can fingerprint the fastest á la CSI but rather a tournament that brings together the best high school speakers and debaters across the country to compete in a variety … Continue reading Thinking teens exist . . . we are not doomed
I’ve been surprised over the past few weeks how this project is coming together, kind of piecemeal, not all orderly like I approach most of my life. I am a list maker, an outliner, a planner. My kids tease me that “Mom, it’s okay not to ‘have a plan’ for the day,” assuring me that … Continue reading Starting in the Middle
I am an avid reader. Literary, historical fiction and fantasy are the books most often found stacked on my bedside table, but when I first started this novel writing project, I set those aside and immersed myself in books on a new genre, "how to write fiction." Those books have been interesting and helpful but … Continue reading Read . . . Reflect . . .Write