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On demolition and darlings . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Every writer has heard the advice about killing your darlings.  How important it is to know when to let go, be it an idea or a beautiful passage of prose, a turn of phrase.  There is a maturity in sacrificing a small jewel in a project for the betterment of the story itself.  But let’s face it.  It hurts.  Like re-breaking a misaligned bone so that it can be re-set.  You are clearing something good to make way for something amazing.

I recently heard a somewhat extreme version of the killing your darlings concept.  It’s for those that are caught in a quagmire and cannot seem to move forward, or just those daredevils that want to see what other options might be out there.  The concept is this.  Take your best idea, or a couple of your best ideas, and throw it out.  Then dive back into the project and see what shakes loose. Continue reading

Writing Your Way Through Self-Doubt

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Ok! Raise your hand if you’ve never felt a moment of self-doubt while you were writing. It is just as I expected … all hands down. Well, except for maybe a smug few in the back, but just you wait; self-doubt will rear its head sometime down the line. And I say this because I’ve never meet a serious writer, published or not, who has not confessed to feeling unsure about what they are writing, whether they’ve chosen a sane path, or whether they have the talent, endurance, or courage  to finish the story they’ve started. Continue reading

Inspiration All Around Me

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

It’s October. For me, that means I’m taking a hiatus from writing fiction while I work on a project I write annually for our local business journal. It’s hard for me to take a step back from my fiction at this time of year, however, because this work project always inspires me. When I’m inspired, my creativity soars and I usually write my best fiction. So that got me thinking about what inspires writers and what keeps writers motivated when they’re crafting a manuscript and then fine-tuning their words through the revision process. Continue reading

Pixie dust vs. Unbelief . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

In the world, seeing is believing, but, in my faith, believing is seeing.  You come to a place where you say, Yes, I will put my heart here.  Then a new reality, new truths are seen from this new vantage point.  Like trying to see the lay of the land, then climbing a mountain and marveling as it all comes into view.  Very much a journey.

I don’t share this that you should join my church – though, you’re welcome – but that you might consider your writer’s journey much the same.  From the view of a person of faith.  Your faith.  

You see your writing, your dreams.  They are a seed within you, one that looks nothing like the end product quite frankly.  But it is yours, and you say, Yes, I will put my heart here.  And you work, and you sacrifice, and you believe.  And, slowly, that seed begins to grow.  For the longest time, only you will be able to see the shifts and changes, the little sprouts peeking from the shell.  Yet, you are encouraged.  This seed may yet bear fruit.   Continue reading

Writing Communities: The Power of More Than One

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

There was an insane amount of information to digest from the SCBWI Midsouth conference (#SCBWIMIDSOUTH16). A lot. I learned a plethora about picture book characters, and advice on writing about historical events. I finally think I have a grasp of what a high concept novel is.  All of this info was great, helpful, inspiring. But more on all of that later, because I’m still processing all that I learned and I feel a little overwhelmed by it. Continue reading