• Fiction,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    Write on…

    Having a lot of time on your hands, does not always ensure more output. Nothing lulls us into relaxation mode quicker than have the hours of the day stretch out ahead of us, seemingly endless. It’s so full of promise. And sometimes, it’s precisely what you need. Time. Time to reflect, or just be. But if you get to the end of the day, wishing you had accomplished more, here are some tips I’ve found useful. Get up as though going to work. A regular routine helps your mind focus more quickly on the task at hand (writing). Writing in the same place each day, can also be helpful, 2.…

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

    Revisions: How Do You Know When You’re Done?

    Here we are. Another week of staying at home. With everyone. It isn’t always easy to stay focused. It isn’t easy to ignore distractions. But here is the thing. If you get something done, it’s better than nothing. There are a lot of demands on your energy. The key is to keep moving. Do a little. Try some free writing. Or describe in a journal how you are feeling. Everything counts. Recently, I took part in an excellent online workshop with prolific author Kate Messner through the SCBWI. If you aren’t already a member, you might want to check out their online offerings. Considering the place I am in my…

  • 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,…

  • Creativity,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    Rise and Shine, Writers!

    I usually find that first thing in the morning my mind is sharper, which is my excuse for leaving the household tasks until after I’ve done some writing. Who knew there was a scientific explanation behind this practice? Science tells us it is that foggy time between sleeping and waking, that the creative mind works best.   “We know that the creative mind is an early riser and that the editing mind sleeps in.”  Kevan Lee,  The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas – According to Science. And it doesn’t end there. Apparently there are best times for all sorts of activities. Like, exercising between 3pm and 6pm. Huh. You…

  • 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…