The post-conference slump

I am a terrible person. I go to these writing conferences  (Iceland.....) and come home, alight with the possibilities in writing, and then I find myself committing acts of extreme procrastination so I don't have to actually get down to it. And yet, the conference makes me feel like I NEED to be writing. Ergo: guilt…

Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines…

Once again, I'm trying my hand at the #NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Contest. It's a bit insane, given that I have officially "given up writing" (see previous blog entry), but there's something oddly compelling about a contest with a very short deadline, given parameters, and a small word count, even for we procrastinator types. See, in…

Writing resistance

So, I've just realized a project I thought was nearly done is in fact, only halfway there. It's too short. It's 24,000 words. It should be 35-40,000. I could weep. I'm tempted to send it around as a novella and hope it gets published that way. But I'm also tempted to rewrite the entire thing…

How to keep writing if you think your writing is shit…

From another blogger, Ksenia Anske, who was recommended to me by Michael Davis, one of the two really good instructors I had at Gotham Writer's Workshop (the other was Gregory Fallis) How to keep writing if you think, etc. Michael also has an excellent blog, filled with much goodness. Happy reading....

Creativity and madness

I've struggled with depression for years. It started with my multiple sclerosis and was the first symptom spotted. Coincidentally, I restarted writing. My family always tells me I'm the creative one, the one who thinks oddly, out of the box (though I would argue my older brother is also gifted in this area - and…

Submission Madness

In "the Secret Life of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4", by the hilarious Sue Townsend, Adrian's class is on a field trip when the bus driver, driven to the ends of his nerves, submits to motorway madness. All of the kids arrive home safely, but shaken, and the bus driver gets a well-deserved rest. We've all…

Cold Crusading for Democracy…

No writing done today. Why? I can't see out of my eyes and my throat feels like bears came in my sleep and dug for beetles there. Been in bed all day, reading and watching British TV, while my cat wanders in and out, mewing in a bored sort of way. He's even gone mad once…

Four Ways to Organize Your Notebooks

Four Ways to Organize Your Notebooks. As someone who still hasn't got the hang of Evernote, I like the simple tips in this article. I already like the different notebooks for different things one - I had one for Sarah Selecky's excellent course, Story is a State of Mind, and have a fresh new one…

The howling

I'm getting an understanding for the agitation caused by the Mistral. The wind has been howling around my place for hours and hours, making the cat's ears twitch and getting loud enough at times to make the sound of the radio vanish.It's good writing weather, not pleasant enough to escape outside, not gruesome enough to…

Mad writing begins…

Yep. It's that Nanwrimo thing, which someone told me sounds like baby talk.In a way it is. You sit and write madly for hours and days and just try to get stuff out of your head onto paper and finally spew out 50,000 words by November 30th and then pat yourself on the back for…