Sunday journal ~ keep it true

With an armful of devilcat (making it hard to type), I am happy to report a strong showing on the writing/revision front this week. I enjoyed reading through my writing journals (mostly) and have been thinking deeply about what needs to be done with this book -- and how I'm going to do it. I'm … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ keep it true

Sunday journal ~ rhythm

I'm contemplating a regular (semi-regular?) Sunday journal post, in which I muse briefly on recent creative endeavours and/or achievements. If it gets too boring, I'll stop, but let's see how we go... This past week I finished reading through the messy first draft of the novel I've been working on for the past, er, while. … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ rhythm

Blog hop: My writing process

Today I'm participating in a blog hop about my writing process. I was tagged by the inspirational Liv Rancourt, who writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. Her novel Forever and Ever, Amen is published by Crimson Romance and she has several other novels in the pipeline. (Read about Liv's writing process here.) … Continue reading Blog hop: My writing process

In the minds of readers…

This year I thought I'd dig around in my archives a bit; resurrect and breathe some life into some of my older posts from a time when no-one read this blog. There's some good stuff buried back there. Well, I think it's good. Seems a shame for no-one to have read any of it. This … Continue reading In the minds of readers…

Apparently the WIP doesn’t suck too much

Today I'm blogging instead of writing in the cafe. I thought it was time for another practice post with the bluetooth keyboard. I've spent time this week researching local sim options for my forthcoming trip, having decided to forgo mobile roaming costs -- besides, I like the idea of having data access on my smart … Continue reading Apparently the WIP doesn’t suck too much

10 rules for writing first drafts (via copyblogger)

Really short and sweet post today... I just came across the following poster from copyblogger. It's quite pertinent for me at the moment as I try to finish-the-hell-out-of-this cursed, er, fantastically wonderful novel. Yeah. Stuff to remember... Like this infographic? Get more content marketing tips from Copyblogger. You can also download as a PDF from … Continue reading 10 rules for writing first drafts (via copyblogger)

Spring wishes

The blossom is out and the last couple of days I've worn a tee-shirt. Yes, it's been a gorgeous sunny end to winter and next week Spring officially begins with forecast temperatures in the mid-twenties. The blooming of Spring and the crackle of Autumn are my favourite times of year. I'm always ready for the … Continue reading Spring wishes

On a writing (not reading) retreat

In many ways I suppose this could be a good weekend for reading. But that's not what I'm supposed to be doing... I'm at a writers retreat. I'm supposed to be writing. I'm here in a house with eight fellow word wranglers. There are laptops everywhere. The floor is strewn with cables.  Wine is being mulled... … Continue reading On a writing (not reading) retreat

Quotes for writers who are stuck

I've been working on a novel for a while now. I'm getting very close to the end of the first draft, but the closer I get to the end, the harder it gets. Something's not gelling. I know the ending -- have always known it -- but I can't quite figure out how to get … Continue reading Quotes for writers who are stuck

How DISC informs my ‘Creative’ writing process

Last year sometime I had occasion to undergo a DISC behaviour assessment during a professional development course. It's one of many such psych tests commonly used by organisations to develop (and sometimes screen) employees. They're fascinating things. Anyway, I was thrilled to discover that according to the DISC assessment I am a 'Creative'. "Huzzah!" thought … Continue reading How DISC informs my ‘Creative’ writing process