A Grantland article on Junot Diaz stuck out to me for two main reasons. One, it gave me permission to write at the pace that suits me. So, yes, Junot Díaz writes slow: “You work and you throw out and you look and you hunt and you try to find a sentence. You spend a lot of time staring at a screen.” Yes, it’s tortured him that he writes slow. Secondly, it speaks to the idea I’ve been pondering: Nothing […]
The cursor blinks at me. I find myself in a dilemma. Where do I begin? What do I write? JT croons in my ear, “Dance. Don’t hold the wall.” I want to write. I do. But something keeps me holding the wall. And I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I want to know what it is. Whatever it is, I’m evidently content to let it entrap me because why else would I let it keep me from doing what I […]
I’m working on my own writing project. Like, for real working on one. For the first time. Ever. I’m excited. And scared. And overwhelmed. I tell you, writing for me is letting my heart bleed on the page. So to work on a project of this length feels a lot like death at times. As I’ve pondered this idea, I come back to the question: isn’t that what we authors ought to be doing? Dying to ourselves and our preconceived […]
Hello, old friend. It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I started blogging over seven years ago, and the process of writing, the space to ponder, and the community to encourage were all important catalysts for my personal growth. However, with the birth of my second child and learning to say no in order to live out the values our family espouses, I have taken the last couple of years off. I’ve had the privilege of continuing to write for […]
I realize I’ve been neglecting my blog. Oh, I post here and there, but I haven’t been very consistent – despite my constant “recommittments” to do so. At first I thought the issue revolved around time. But let’s be honest. At the end of the day we make time for what is important to us. We figure out ways to make it work. And, really, I could redeem plenty of wasted minutes to write more than one blog post a […]
I had six wonderful entries in my writing contest. I’ve posted them all on this page for your reading convenience. Take a gander, and then come back here and vote for your favorite! Voting ended at 5pm CST this Friday, October 24. At stake is a $20 gift certificate. And by an extremely narrow margin, DANIEL is our winner! Congratulations, Daniel. I’m going to shoot you an email so be on the lookout! Thanks to all of you who participated. […]
Hi Friends! I’m working on launching a new website and adding an ezine that focus on technology for writers. My focus is mainly online resources and tools, but I’ll occasionally include other pieces of technology that are available. I hope to overview and review tools and information that are available to writers and help writers prioritize using those tools in relation to the stage of their writing careers. Here’s my question for you – would you be interested in this […]
I’ll get back to posting my series on blogging and blog tours next week. In the meantime, for my writing friends, as you’re sharpening your writing consider these points from guru Seth Godin. Maybe a good reason to start a blog if you haven’t already.