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
Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not. Maybe that's what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week traveling with another … Continue reading Blog Break
A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!
I'm the girl who would rather go into an Office Max or The Container Store than the shoe department at Nordstroms. I love any little doo-dads that might make my life a little easier. I like to be organized; I'm not a neat freak, just organized. This past week, I discovered the mother of all organizational tools on … Continue reading Cool Tool to Organize your Writing
I've reached the last stage of the hero cycle in this series. It is known as "The Return." This is where all the people who watched the potential hero answer his call and embark on his journey welcome him home with open arms and shower him with gifts. Really. That's what this stage is all about. I … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #3 – The Return
When we think of "initiations," we often think of drinking rituals or hazing type situations which somehow solidify a group. In terms of the Hero Cycle, or Hero's Journey, the "Initiation" is the second major stage. I wrote about the first stage, "The Departure," here, if you're interested. This archetypal pattern appears in contemporary fiction, … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #2 – The Initiation
I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure