The trail itself isn’t hard (3.4 miles round trip, with only a few steep spots), but the sudden change in elevation made this Texas girl dizzy at first. My husband marched on, no problem, but I made us stop several times to rest. We got hot and sweaty, then it rained on us and we got cold and tired. I wasn’t sure I could make it the top, then, I had an epiphany to help you and me both…
Summer is here and I have two teens home from high school. It’s a blessing and a curse. Although I’m enjoying a different pace, I already miss the chance to sneak in any daytime writing. I’m too busy coordinating their schedules: part-time jobs, online classes, chauffeuring the youngest to all his activities.
I’ve also been doing a lot of contract work lately, too. Another blessing and a curse. Of course, I love the extra cash and my husband is almost giddy about it, but again, that’s even less time to work on novel #5 (second in the Pennies from Burger Heaven series).
There’s a life lesson here for all writers, whether you have kids or not, work outside the home or not, plan to publish or not. In order for your writing to survive during difficult times, you must learn to… [Read more…]
Writing the first draft of your story can be both joyous and torturous. I’m on page 21 of my new novel. It’s the follow-up to Pennies from Burger Heaven (still unpublished), so I have book two already plotted. Although it’s nice to know what happens next, the blasted book still needs 75,000 more words! Those first two chapters were not easy to do, but I at least enjoyed myself. I thought, “This book will be different. It’ll be fun!”
When it came time to tackle chapter three, fun went bye-bye. I encountered the dreaded… [Read more…]
There are many lessons to be learned with writing. So many trials and tribulations only the school of hard knocks can teach you. Writing is work. It’s also a complete joy, but that doesn’t discount the challenges it brings.
I consistently made a particular mistake for about 19 years. I’ve only truly righted this wrong in the past twelve months. Are you making this same error, too? [Read more…]
Is your latest writing project not going well? Do you seem to hit one dead end after another?
That’s what happened with my current work-in-progress. I recently shared how before I publish my debut novel, Pennies from Burger Heaven, I want to first publish an expanded version of my nonfiction eBook, Creative Monsters. I gave it to you in January and wanted to add stories and exercises to it to help writers even more with their struggles on the page.
Except the new version wasn’t going well. At all. Everything felt wrong about it: the title, the format, even the target audience. It was more than jut good, ol’ fashioned Fear.
So, what do you do when… [Read more…]