Last year, I took some rather timid steps into NaNoWriMo — which is to say I signed up on the site. I didn’t provide a name (Did I want to use a pseudonym?) or project title (Which did I want to write?). I did, however, start writing. I did not reach the officially sanctioned 50,000-word target, … Continue reading No, NoNaNo
Its done! Not done done, but done — a “first draft.” Not an actual first draft — I revised it so many times I lost count — but it’s the first I actually sent to anyone who wasn’t a friend or alpha reader. Now I wait. And start on the next book, which is going … Continue reading Done!
This shouldn’t be so hard. I’ve reached the point where it’s time to compile my manuscript from Scrivener into Word format, in preparation for The Great Editing. Now the Compile part is easy. (Well, I say “easy” in that it’s pretty complicated, but in a Scrivener way, and after you’ve been using Scrivener for a … Continue reading Scrivener to Word
It’s nice to have an office.
The place: The Facebook website thingie. The time: A moment of weakness (escaping from my manuscript). The assignment: “Exercise!!! 250-500-100 words (some kind of narrative). No “to be” verbs!” The inspiration: This great photo…. My jotted whatnot: Without Sole Has anyone seen my sneakers? They walked off with my soul, and now I wander the earth, … Continue reading In which words flow, but not where I need them
Originally posted on chrismcmullen:
Imagination On. Check. Motivation On. Check. Quiet On. Check. Distractions Off. Check. Comfort Zone On. Check. Eyes Ready. Check. Mind Open. Check. It’s a go. Take a deep breath. Creativity blasting off in 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0. Let those creative juices flow. Copyright ©…
I haven’t been blogging the A to Z Challenge these past few days because they were blocking me from getting the necessary things done—namely writing my novel, editing Kate‘s novels, and preparing books for publishing (and other life obligations). I’ve been blogging for well over a decade, and love it. I’m not stopping blogging altogether. … Continue reading P is for Priorities
Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels. I tried a number of keyboards. How I am happy.
If you have nothing to say, jot it down. If you have something to say, jot it down. Just jot it down, and sort it out later.
To what domain should I devote my pen? To verse where I betray my ignorance? For I to put these words on blogging, sense Is strained by hackneyed turns of phrase — what then? Oh Muse! Betray me not! This dalliance Is but a metered post occasioned when The A to Z endeavor strikes again … Continue reading I is for Iambic Pentameter