Blog Archive

  • Several mature women are practicing yoga in a gym.

    Monday Motivation: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Mat

    Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud. ~ Shannon L. Alder I’m thick in National Novel Writing Month, and already I can see a lot of posts on social media where writers are sharing their word counts for each day. There’s a lot of camaraderie about these posts, and a lot of encouragement and support. But then there is also the inevitable comparisons, which usually happen within our writer-brains but which sometimes overspill online. For instance, these are the types of post I’ve been seeing, and their possible accompanying thoughts in parentheses: I…

    Read More
  • Title Card - NaNoWriMo 2019

    NaNoWriMo 2019

    That season is upon us again: NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. For anyone unfamiliar with this, NaNoWriMo started twenty years ago and has now grown to an international month-long event during November, in which intrepid writers everywhere attempt to churn out 50,000 words (minimum) within 30 days. The original idea was that this word count would constitute a first draft; for some genres, it still does, though for others it’s simply 50,000+ words of a draft — for example, contemporary adult novels tend to be between 85,000 – 120,000 words these days. Even so, 50,000 words is the minimum…

    Read More
  • Lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling light a corridor between bookselves in a library.

    Making Words into Worlds

    A long time ago, a little girl had a dream. She wanted to write, and see her name on the spine of a book in the library. She wanted Books of Her Very Own, filled with her own words and her own worlds, for other people to delight in and enjoy, as she had done with books since could first read. Now, this little girl was prone to Sensibility and Responsibility, so when the Bigger World told her that writing wasn’t a sustainable life choice, she listened. And she got older. She continued writing — reams of poetry, a novel…

    Read More