Category > Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

Boo, hoo…who?

So, I finally broke down and wrote the clincher part of my story. The epicenter, the essence, the heart and soul; aka: the one scene that my entire book originated from. And I cried. I boobed the whole way through. My little four year old thought I was losing my mind, sitting on my bed [...]

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Eight is great.

Do I dare get excited? I am finally in the single digits! I have 8 chapters left to write! Granted, I only get about a paragraph out at a time these days, so I’m not sure what my ending date figures out to be at that rate, but at least I can see the light [...]

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False fingers.

The expression “to write something down” suggests a descent of thought to the fingers whose movements immediately falsify it.  ~William Gass, “Habitations of the Word,” Kenyon Review, October 1984 I was so ready to write the other day. I had finally made it to the part of my book that I’ve been dying to write! These [...]

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What’s the number of the day?

Eighteen chapters!!! I have written eighteen chapters…plus a prologue! Do you know what this means? I only have twelve left to go! I can barely contain myself, if you can’t tell by the excessive use of exclamation points. And, the icing on the cake…I actually know what is supposed to happen in half of those [...]

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Over-the-hump Day.

I successfully managed to write an entire 2 pages worth the other day! I only wasted half of the kids’ nap time doing who knows what, but at least I was productive for the last stretch. When I first started writing, I couldn’t make myself push through the unknown regions of my story, so I [...]

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Cat nap.

So, one of my characters had to make a profound statement. Problem. I have two kids which means that I have lost about 50% of my mind functionality with which I am trying to perform daily mundane tasks on top of writing a book. I don’t know how to do profound. In hopes of giving [...]

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The black hole.

I am in a slump of epic proportions. I have a plot hole – not life shattering, I don’t have to go back and rewrite everything, thank goodness – but it’s big enough to cause a headache and make me question, “Why did I think I could write a book?” The funny thing is that [...]

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Laughter is the best medicine.

I’m about half way done with my book, but I like to get feedback as I go along so that I can make changes now instead of working the entire book around something that’s no good in the first place. Just this weekend, I recruited one of my sisters to be my sounding block – mostly because I’ve [...]

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Dream a little dream

I made the mistake of sleeping soundly last night. Usually my slumber is interrupted by Reese talking – no, yelling – in her sleep, or Connelly coming in to pay us a midnight visit (we’re trying to transition her from the crib to a real-life bed). But, to my delight, and later chagrin, I slept [...]

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Backspace

The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer I hit a hiccup in my latest chapter. I decided to just write through it, hoping to come across some sort of inspiration. I ended up with a page or so of a decent storyline and adequate writing…until I read through it again. The nice thing [...]

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