How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

At any given time, I probably have half a dozen notebooks stashed around my desk, in my purse, or on my bookshelf. I have used various styles of notebooks for practically every form of writing. When I was a kid, I would make my own “books” by putting loose leaf paper in a simple two-pocketContinue reading “How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas”

Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I’ve learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as I would haveContinue reading “Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter”

How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and relocated to a very small town. While I am not sure I could manage long term in a mega city like New York City or London, I am definitely more of a city person and have gravitated to them in my adult life. I understand the appealContinue reading “How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing”

Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

Had a funeral for a plant today. Things always get peculiar during periods of unemployment. It was a great plant, you would have agreed. At one time, it had been a luscious, chlorophyll laden beauty, a pink polka dot plant. A hypoestes phyllostachya, if you will. It was a Lazarus of a specimen, surviving myContinue reading “Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019”

Resources for Beginning Writers

As a beginning writer (“beginning” in terms of starting to prioritize my writing and learning to practice self-discipline), I have accumulated a pool of resources which have helped – and continue to help – me at various stages of my writing process. This list is a conglomeration of online resources as well as tangible resources,Continue reading “Resources for Beginning Writers”

Past the Outline But Before the Draft

Today’s writing goal seems harmless enough: Begin the rough draft of a short story I’ve had in mind this week. But as I begin, I start to rethink that adjective . . . harmless? “Mostly” harmless, after all (that is for you, Douglas Adams fans). Getting started is always the hardest part of writing, atContinue reading “Past the Outline But Before the Draft”

How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life

One of the things we often talk about in the writing groups I attend is what a typical writing day looks like for each of us. Everyone seems eager to learn about other people’s habits and their strategies for getting the most writing done. If there is one common motivating factor I have uncovered throughContinue reading “How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life”

Getting Past “Zero” Days

One of the things I have been working on this year is recognizing and celebrating all the successes I have had in my writing, no matter how small they might seem. I know many of us writers like to be very critical of ourselves when we reflect on the amount of time we spend onContinue reading “Getting Past “Zero” Days”

Using Journaling as a Writing Tool

I have written in a journal, diary, notebook – what I call it depends on my mood that day – off and on since I was seven years old, which is when I received my first journal as a Christmas gift. It was one of those simple kids’ diaries with a plastic flowery cover andContinue reading “Using Journaling as a Writing Tool”

Atlanta Writers Conference

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash Back in August, a friend asked me if I wanted to attend the Atlanta Writers Conference with her in November. Neither of us had attended a writers conference before but after looking into the details, we both decided to attend. The conference is set up so that participants pay only for theContinue reading “Atlanta Writers Conference”