• Fiction,  Fiction,  Revising,  writing tips

    Anywhere But Here

    I’m sure that with many people around the globe self-isolating, due to the unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic, wanting to be anywhere but here is a popular sentiment. Staying at home can feel like a break from life’s hectic pace, but it soon gets a little old. Who doesn’t like having coffee with friends and visiting family members? At the moment, we don’t have a choice. For me the words Anywhere But Here, hold special meaning, because that is the working title for my current novel project. After having a few weeks away from revisions, and armed with new feedback from my agent, I am ready to dig in once more,…

  • 2020,  Fiction,  Reading,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    READING your way out

    Facing the blank page is one thing, but sometimes the complications of life steal your emotional energy. Despite all of the best techniques for getting words on the page, if your emotions are sucked dry, working longer and harder is not the answer. Sometimes your emotions are knotted up in a major life event, and while this may provide material for writing down the road, at the moment you have nothing left to give. In times of deep emotional exhaustion, I pour out my thoughts in a private journal, but I find it impossible to focus on my fiction. Reading, however, is something I can do. At the moment, I…