Category Archives: Writing is Work

What’s in your toolbox? (And how do you use it?)

The hardest part of getting shiny new tools is trying to figure out how to use them. We know they’re there. We’ve learned them and maybe we’ve even thought about how they could come up. If it’s TKD, I think about where I can use a combination–is it an offense or a defense, what does it compete against best? If it’s writing, I think about the new technique with my own words, wondering how it might fit in, or where a character could use the idea, or which words could change. It’s all conscious action. Continue reading

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Commit to the Kick

I could keep talking about Jordan‚Ķ and you know I want to! But while I will urge you to go to his birthday party¬†and of course, please feel free to spread the news about him, I’ll leave that for another … Continue reading

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Have I mentioned before that writing is work? Well, in case you’ve forgotten WRITING IS WORK! On the other hand, it is also incredibly exciting to be doing what I’m doing in preparation for my book to be released. It’s … Continue reading

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so, maybe this isn’t going quite as planned…

The holidays seem to have a way of messing with my schedule. It feels like we’ve got ten times more things going on right now than usual, and not all of them are holiday related. For example, last night my … Continue reading

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Accountability, 12/9

One of the things I learned in the past year is that being accountable–to myself, or even better, to others–helps me be productive. It’s all very well and good to set a goal, but if I’m never accountable to anyone, … Continue reading

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Split Pea Creativity

I’m making split pea soup today. (Bear with me, it has relevance, I promise!) The thing is, split pea soup has a recipe. You can find it (well, several different versions, depending on which brand of peas you buy) on … Continue reading

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Looking Into Small Press

One of the hardest things about publishing is that there is a sea of information out there, and it is very easy to feel like I’m drowning rather than swimming. So I’m crowdsourcing… Tell me, what are your favorite small … Continue reading

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