Category: Writing

  • Why?


    There are days that I sit here and wonder why I write. I’ve asked myself that question more often than not over the past decade. I had hopes and dreams, and I stopped somewhere on the path called a growing career. What were once wild optimism and fun every time I sat down in front…

  • NaNoWriMo


    The leaves are starting to fall and there is a crispness in the air. Autumn is slowly arriving and bringing with it NaNoWriMo. On October 5, all of the number counts, message boards, etc., over at NaNoWriMo will reset and thousands will line up in an attempt to slog their way through what is, at…

  • Complacency: The Writer

    Complacency: The Writer

    “The moment a writer knows how to achieve a certain effect, the method must be abandoned. Effects repeated become false, mannered. The writer’s style is his doppelgänger, an apparition that the writer must never trust to do his work for him.” ~ Joy Williams

  • Why am I writing here?

    Why am I writing here?

    Why am I writing here? That’s a good question and one posed to me by my husband. I have a “writer’s blog” I’ve had on WordPress dot com for close to a decade, and several other blogs I publish as well. Why here? Do you want an honest answer? No one is reading here. When I…

  • Writing, not typing.

    Writing, not typing.

    When Jack Kerouac wrote “On the Road,” he did it on telex paper so he didn’t have to stop writing long enough to replace the paper in his typewriter. This led Truman Capote to take a jab at Kerouac and say, “That’s not writing, it’s typing.” Tuesday I was writing by hand, not typing. I sat…

  • Desire and writing

    Desire and writing

    I’m sitting here, knowing I have a perfectly good blog to write on located in a different dimension. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of desire to write there. I’m not sure it’s who I am any more. Let’s call this part of some existential crisis I am having as a writer. You see, I…

  • Faulkner: Don’t Worry About Style

    Faulkner: Don’t Worry About Style

    I think the story compels its own style to a great extent, that the writer don’t need to bother too much about style. If he’s bothering about style, then he’s going to write precious emptiness–not necessarily nonsense…it’ll be quite beautiful and quite pleasing to the ear, but there won’t be much content in it. ~William…

  • Index cards

    Index cards are my best friend. The book I’m working on is non-fiction, so copious amounts of these little 3×5 pieces of paper are needed for the note taking process and to track sources. Now, I know I could use an open word doc, evernote, etc., to do all of this, but I’m old fashioned.…