My high school creative writing teacher once noted in the margin of an assignment that I had “memorialized a moment” in the story I submitted. I remember being surprised by his comment. I hadn’t intended to memorialize anything; but after I re-read what I had written, I agreed with his assessment. I had, indeed, preserved a memory. And while the piece did that well – I still remember the moment 26 years later – my teacher’s point was that the story did nothing other than serve as a way to never forget what had happened one rainy afternoon at a park. The story wasn’t anything anyone else would want to read because it lacked a plot, character development, conflict and a resolution. Since then, I’ve come a long way with my writing. But, as my critique group helped me realize recently, I apparently still like memorializing moments – even if they are moments experienced by fictional characters I create in my imagination. Continue reading
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Rainy days are usually the days that I get some of my best writing done. I don’t like being wet unless I’m swimming or soaking in a bubble bath, so I tend to avoid the outdoors when the skies are grey and weepy in favor of some guilt-free hours with my manuscript. There’s just something about the soothing sound of the pattering raindrops on the roof that brings out my creativity. But it’s been raining at my house for three days straight now, and I’ve barely written anything because of this: Continue reading
Last week, my writing group finally got to read and critique a scene in my work-in-progress that introduces the antagonist to the readers. I say “finally” because I’ve been struggling to write this scene for quite some time. No matter what approach I tried, I just couldn’t seem to pull it together. So, I made it my goal at the start of 2017 to figure out why this scene wasn’t working. Continue reading
Today is the last day of February and, as a result, also the last day of Write by Midnight. My schedule is full today – more so than usual. But in the 30 minutes I had between the time my children walked out the door for school and the time I had to leave to get to my first appointment, I wrote. It was hasty, raw and unedited words on a page, but I made writing a priority this morning. I wanted to finish strong.
No matter what you have going on today, find time to write. I did, and I’m confident the good mood it put me in will carry me throughout the rest of my chaotic day. Now it’s your turn to do the same.