Unfortunately, I didn’t get much writing done last month, but with 2018 a shrinking smudge in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for me to get back on track. Since I am by nature a planner, I’ve come up with a get-back-to-work strategy.
- I will banish defeatist and negative thoughts and muzzle my internal editor. Now is not the time for nit-picking.
Though I’m an introvert, meaning I’m more interested in thinking about the stories in my head than making small talk at dinner parties, I’m not socially awkward or shy, and I don’t suffer from any kind of stage fright—except when it comes to talking to strangers about my writing. My face heats and my blood pressure spikes. I either go brain-blank or start babbling, speaking in disjointed sentence fragments with lots of “um’s.” Continue reading
Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. A writer who is a natural at dialog may struggle with action or description or something else. My Achilles’ heel is narrative summary—in all its many forms. (Arrrg!) That is a problem, because every book has narrative summary.
When it’s done well, readers don’t even notice the summarizing. It just seems like a natural part of the story. But if it’s not done well, it sticks out—like mustard on ice cream. Continue reading
Sometimes, when I sit down to write a scene, everything clicks. Even the weird twists and diversions that come up while I’m writing flow and mesh. When that happens, it’s awesome.
Then there are the other times. Times when I think I know what I want to write, but get lost trying to put it into words. The scene gets longer and longer, but doesn’t actually go anywhere. Continue reading
This year, my Write by Midnight experience has been great. I didn’t reach all my goals, but I wrote every day and made real progress—which is something I haven’t done for a while.
I’d been in the writing doldrums for a few months, and my enthusiasm had evaporated. I’d struggled to make headway on my story, but I’m happy to say that I reversed that trend in February. Continue reading