The Quest to Find Your Motivators

Last week, Brooke Johnson posted about Navigating the Swamp – how each novel is an adventure to write with its own pitfalls and hardships. As writers, we need to find our motivators to help us stay on this path. Whenever we hit a wall and the novel feels lost,...
Navigating the Swamp

Navigating the Swamp

[Author’s note: I am currently suffering from an annoying, stuffy cold as I write this, so if it doesn’t make sense, blame the weather.] I always seem to forget how much work it takes to write a novel. The first part is always easy… brainstorming characters, building...

A Different Process Every Time

My writing process changes all the time. Part of that is a natural outgrowth of lots of practice. Some of it is an inclination to experiment. I like to keep things fresh by trying new tools and new approaches, to see how the change impacts my concentration, my output,...

Collaborating with Others

We are now nine days into National Novel Writing Month and I am over ten thousand words into my project. Yes, that does mean I am behind the pace. However, I’m not upset about it because I am behind solely due to my cowriter being in a curling tournament. As I...

Our dog and the passive voice

  “What happened to your dog’s eye?” We were at the dog park and Mya was running around like the year-old high energy pup she is when the 7 year old son of another dog owner asked the question. “What happened to your dog’s...