A Smorgasbord of Writing Ideas

“You’re a writer? Cool.” I often hear people say that to me, which is nice. Their tone is positive, encouraging. Then about one-third of them will follow up with, “I’ve got this great idea that you could turn into a book.” They all mean well, and I like to hear their ideas. Love it, inContinue reading “A Smorgasbord of Writing Ideas”

I’m Trying Meditation…Again

I’m trying out meditation. I’ve done it before, years ago, and it didn’t work so well. I’d heard that you should picture a calming environment. I closed my eyes and imagined a beach, bright blue ocean, waves lapping… How calming, how serene… But after a minute of that, my mind wandered, probably thinking about whatContinue reading “I’m Trying Meditation…Again”

8 Writer-Inspired Things To Do On Vacation

I’ve come to a realization about my vacation time. When I’m away and exploring a new place, I like to writer-geek it up. I check out sights and do things to inspire my creative-writing side. It gives a new twist on how to spend a vacation, especially when it’s hard to sit down and writeContinue reading “8 Writer-Inspired Things To Do On Vacation”

Tabloids, Grocery Drama, and Fiction

A tabloid made me take my eye off the ball. I was standing in a long line at the grocery store, six back from the register. At least ten more shoppers were behind me. And no other checkout lane was better. A “major” storm was coming to D.C.-metro land. Weather folks had predicted a walloping.Continue reading “Tabloids, Grocery Drama, and Fiction”

IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two

Last week, I wrote about #WriterAcronyms, and how important it is to understand them if you’re a writer using social media. I also joked about the word “hip”. The concept deserved its own post. So here we are… “Hip” Awareness and Lack Thereof Per Dictionary. com, one of the definitions for hip is: “familiar with orContinue reading “IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two”

IDK, Am I Hip? #WriterAcronyms

A long-time friend sent a group text announcing what “IDK” means. Her pre-teen had filled her in on the acronym. IDK stands for I don’t know, she wrote. She was passing on the knowledge to us forty-somethings to keep us “hip.” The “hip” comment was the icing on the cake. I must proudly say thatContinue reading “IDK, Am I Hip? #WriterAcronyms”

9 Things I’m Still Learning from the “Big Read” Experience

I’ve done it again—I finished a draft of my WIP (work-in-progress), printed it out, and did the Big Read. I noticed the following similarities and differences from the time I reached this point with a previous manuscript. It’s still like to see the book printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. It feels more realContinue reading “9 Things I’m Still Learning from the “Big Read” Experience”

The Double Doink and Writing

“Oh, my goodness. The Bears season’s going to end on a double doink…Unbelievable.” — Chris Collinsworth, commentator of NBC’s Sunday Night Football I have to do it. I have to blog about the double doink that took place in football on January 6, and how it relates to writing. I’m a bit late to theContinue reading “The Double Doink and Writing”

Clawing to The End of a WIP

I’ve been clawing my way to the end of a manuscript. I think this first draft is pretty decent, given how first drafts can be. It just feels like I clawed my way through at the end. Am I the only one who’s felt that way? Getting to the end is so different from the otherContinue reading “Clawing to The End of a WIP”

The Grinch and New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Until recently, I was the grinch or scrooge of New Year’s resolutions. I thought resolutions were cliche, hard to keep, and designed to make you feel bad when they are broken. I didn’t want to get sucked into that, so I stayed away from them. But here I am, being super-cliche, writing about New Year’s resolutionsContinue reading “The Grinch and New Year’s Resolutions for Writers”