This morning I am writing in a tiny library room I reserved for Wednesday mornings. It is on the side of the library that gets morning sun, so it is far too hot for my taste. I even brought a fan this week. Despite my discomfort, it is an auspicious morning. Today is the 489th … Continue reading Day 489 – Officially Pro
If I ever succeed at running down my own dream of being a writer, this book will have played a fundamental role.
My son is having a little bit of trouble making it through early schooling. When he encounters something that is challenging, he will sometimes shut down and stop even trying because he gets so frustrated he can't do it perfectly. So one day, I came up with the phrase "If you try, you win." It … Continue reading If you try, you win
I've read the phrase 'killing your darlings' quite a bit lately. For writing, it basically means you often have to get rid of your favorite things to make something work. The thing is, the phrase itself doesn't really work for me. The word 'darling' feels a little archaic. And I don't really feel like I … Continue reading Killing Your Darlings or Saving Your Favorites
Do you have a writing project that you want to avoid? Well the best way to avoid your current project is to work on things that you can rationalize to yourself as contributing to your writing long-term. You probably won't even have to be intentional about coming up with these other things to work on, … Continue reading How to Avoid Writing
I feel stuck today. I just finished the beginning hook of my novel, so I am about 25% through. In true form of starting the middle of a book, I immediately feel like I am slogging through a swamp. Jim Butcher calls it the Swampy Middle.
Yesterday was the first major uphill climb in my trek up novel mountain. Ran into a scene in my outline that was just crazy hard to write. I figured out the scene was boring by using some advice from the book 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron. What Aaron says is that if a scene … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 7
I stand at the metaphorical trail head of novel mountain. I have done all the prep. I have all my gear. But I look up at the peak of the mountain and a string of curses runs through my mind. This mountain is too ambitious. I probably can't make it to the top. I probably … Continue reading Climbing Novel Mountain – Day 1
Every morning I sit down to write, I feel resistance. But today, the resistance feels less like a background hum and more like an impenetrable wall. Like a massive fortress where all my words are inside and I am stuck outside trying to scale the wall. Resistance is a feeling I have been aware of … Continue reading Beating Resistance