Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month

Catherine Bybee spoke to my Romance Writers of America local chapter on the 17th of November. She is an amazing storyteller and if you get the chance to hear her, you should take advantage of it. While not the topic of her speech, she did say something that sparked my blog post for today. Continue reading “Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month”

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November Word of the Month

Happy National Novel Writing Month! I’m doing MyNoReMo, or My Novel Rewriting Month. As long as I jump in and keep turning out the words, I think I will be okay. Which made me think of an excellent word for this month. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

The Swamp of Inspiration

I happened to be swimming alone the other day. Actually, there were other people in the pool, but none of them were my close friends so I kept doing my “laps” and thinking about all kinds of stuff. One lady said something about a woman who kicked her husband out for reasons. My mind jumped into story mode. What if a man found out his wife had kicked him out due to gossip going around town? He goes to work in the morning, and a coworker gives him condolences. Continue reading “The Swamp of Inspiration”

My Writing Day

So many writers in the world have a lot going against them, yet they continue to write and to put out novels that entertain while making us think. I’m never going to write a book that requires deep thought since I don’t live in a war-torn country or suffer from disabilities or work a full-time job or even have small children to care for. I was a coward and gave up writing when my kids were younger. IT seemed the thing to do at the time. Continue reading “My Writing Day”

A Writer’s Prayer

The first week of July has passed. I have written some on my work in progress. I am under-motivated due to the heat and the sick dog and the general stuff I need to do but never see to get to. Argh. So I have begun some affirmations and meditations which some people call prayer. Whatever works, I hope you will find something of worth in this spirit-lifting recital. Continue reading “A Writer’s Prayer”

Alert! Your Story is Waiting

Things in my life are almost more than a sane person can handle. Luckily, I haven’t been completely sane for at least 22 years. I’m testifying in a murder trial, I lost the last surviving uncle on my mom’s side of the family, and I can’t get the refrigerator out of my dining room so I can put the dining room table back there and have a living room once again. I was hand feeding baby birds, thinking the court drama would take a day, then had to scramble for a back up when it appeared we’d be tied up for a couple weeks. I’m pretty sure the lawyers would not like to have 5 parakeet chicks begging for food in the courtroom. Continue reading “Alert! Your Story is Waiting”