Writing Life

Seduce Your Inner Writer

Seduction has never been my thing. Not in the real world, in terms of enticing a romantic partner to my boudoir. (Does anyone even have a boudoir these days?) If you’ve seen the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, think about the scene where Kathy Bates imagines answering the door in cling wrap. That awkward image would…

Make time for yourself and your pet projects

Put Yourself First: Pursue Your Creative Passion Today

If you’re like most people, you probably charge through your ever-growing “to do” list, with the promise that you’ll give yourself time to work on that novel, blog, [INSERT CREATIVE PASSION HERE] when you’re done. But you never get around to it. Partly because other people are only too happy to throw more items on…

Thoughts on Writing ‘The Book That Doesn’t End’

I completed my first novel draft in 2003, during National Novel Writing Month. Seven years later, I had written more that 200,000 words spanning three-plus drafts of this same novel. I finally realized that “winging it,” or pants-ing it (as in flying by the seat of one’s pants), didn’t work for me. Fast-forward to 2012….


Writing Rule #2: Know Your Destination

Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat casked, “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland     This week an Ivy League university invited my company…

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