Writing Exercise: Spring 2017

Do you remember Spring 2017 and the days you thought were your last, how Mila’s dog would come to lie at your feet and wait with you in the quiet? Do you remember that Spring, the one that failed you, that left your life fallow and let nothing grow within you? That Spring that letContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Spring 2017”

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”

Writing Exercise: Book of Lists

Today’s blog post is my response to a writing prompt from the site Reedsy. In the past, I have entered their weekly contest and while I’ve never won that $50 cash prize, I have produced a few short stories based on the prompts. This afternoon, I decided to give one a try not as aContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Book of Lists”

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”

Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block

Until recently, I believed in the concept of writer’s block. Since I was young, I had heard people mention the artistic frustration writers get when they cannot find inspiration for their work and are subsequently unable to write. Writer’s block is represented in a scene in Big Fish where Steve Buscemi’s character, the poet NortherContinue reading “Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block”

Living a Life of Writing

Contrary to the popular expression, time does not fly, especially as you get older. No, time is a twenty ton freight train tearing down a set of railroad tracks at an abominable rate. This past year, I realized the uncomfortable truth — that train is never going to slow down. Over the past twelve months,Continue reading “Living a Life of Writing”