I had a hard time deciding which police log entry to go with for this one; it was a tie between the one I chose, and "Joe Shmoe, 41, assault with a deadly weapon (a shoe)." Review a section from the Police Beat or Classified Ads of a local newspaper. Choose one and tell the story … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 13
Writer’s block is one of the biggest problems that I personally face when I write. One day I read that one of the most common reasons writers get writer’s block is due to insecurities that what they are writing will not be good enough for other people to like. via Authors Help: Writer’s Block — Poetic … Continue reading Authors Help: Writer’s Block — Poetic Beggars
Something about September always makes me a bit blue; I think it is the ingrained "I don't wanna go back to school" blues, despite the fact that I am A) no longer a student, B) my CHILDREN are no longer students, and C) I no longer work in the school system. And yet: the … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 13
When you come up with a really good idea for a story…and you actually remember it when you sit down to write.
Oh, for shame...I have been too long away from the pen...er, keyboard. I have been lax in my prompting duties, and for this, I offer my humble and sincere apologies to you, dear readers. But see? I make amends. Below is my response to Prompt 12; imagine if you will, two young men, arriving on … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 12
When I finished the first draft of my first novel, Descent, I was exhilarated and terrified. Exhilarated because I’d accomplished my dream of writing a novel, and terrified because I now had to share it with someone. But who? My lucky husband got to be my first beta reader. He understood how important my story … Continue reading Who Will Read Your First Draft And How Do You Help Them? — KRISTINA STANLEY
How quickly time passes when you're really writing in the zone.
Holy fleeting Summer Solstice, Batman! My, how time flies...and here we are, already coming down the home stretch of my little prompt project here. Only three more to go--kind of makes me sad. Anyway--here y'all go (and, if you have not done so yet, feel free to check out my own responses below to the … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 12
The good news is that some days it feels like you just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it...but the bad news is that if you're at all like me, you'll probably read over what you've written … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom
A: Pretty much all the time. At least for me, it is. And especially this particular revision, which involves completely removing a main character's POV from the storyline. Why would I take such a drastic move? Well, pull up a chair. I'll try to be brief. After finishing my novel (over FOUR years ago) and … Continue reading When Is Revising Your Novel Like Pulling Teeth?–by Deana Coddaire