Category Archives: Laura’s Posts

What Happened to My Cold, Laid-Back February?

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

When the WriteOwls first started talking about doing a write-a-thon, we thought February would be the perfect month because there isn’t a lot happening. There’s no more holiday shopping to do or parties to attend. The cold weather invites snuggling up with a hot beverage and a great excuse to make progress on our writing projects. Typically, February is a boring, dreary, laid back, uneventful month. But not this year. At least not for me. Continue reading

A Rough Beginning and Reassessment

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Sundays are my planning days. I sit down with my calendar and figure out what I have going on for the rest of the week. I prioritize and plan how I’m going to get it all done. I also look back at what I achieved – or didn’t – the previous week. When I sat down last night, my Write by Midnight progress log was the first thing I reviewed.

I wish I could say I met my daily goals of writing for 30 minutes during my lunch break, but I didn’t. Here’s how the week played out for me: Continue reading

Write to Your Strengths

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

I spent this past weekend doing a character interview with the antagonist in my work in progress. I’ve shied away from doing character interviews in the past because, frankly, they seemed silly. My characters lived in my imagination. I created them. I didn’t need to ask a series of questions of, in essence, myself pretending to be my character to figure out their weaknesses and goals. So why did I change my mind? I realized I was neglecting one of my greatest strengths as a writer. Continue reading

Best Ornament Ever!

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

My mom just sent me the best Christmas ornament any writer could ask for:

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Thanks, Mom! You know me so well.

A Writer’s Thanksgiving

Laura thumbnail 150X150As many tend to do at this time of year, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’m thankful for in my life. So I wanted to share with you some of the things the writer in me is grateful for.

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