Dreaming a Scene

The only time I’ve ever used dreams in my writing (that I’m aware of) has been for poems, and those were assigned. The basic idea was to transcribe the dream, not interpret or manipulate, and see what happens. Results varied. Last night was weird though. So I’m exhausted, right? (I blame being pregnant.) I go…

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4 Days and a Wake Up

…until the Sunday meeting. You would think I’d be more concerned about the upcoming reading in front of a bunch of strangers, in which three of those strangers will comment in public about the novel I am so diligently working on. Nope, not so much. I still have not finished the critiques for Sunday–but I’m…

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Speaking of Reality Shows….

Watching writers write would, indeed, be like watching paint dry. You see a whole bunch of moderately attractive faces (because writers, unlike actors/models are not super-gorgeous, but we are not dogs either…) staring at computer screens or sheets of paper and you have no idea of what is going on behind that moderately attractive face.…

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A Double Header

Normally, when I’m working on a ‘big’ project, like a novel, I do not work on two pieces at once. If I get stuck, I’ll do a short story or a poem or something ‘small’ to give my brain a break. Recently, however, I decided from somewhere that I should work on two big pieces…

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It’s a Grind: Revision

So last night I handed Deb my final critique on her novel, and I think I inserted my foot in my mouth (which happens more than you would think). The poor girl talks about how busy her week is going to be and how she’s going to wait to do the revisions and I say…

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Breaking

After one month of focusing on nothing but reading, I’m finding it hard to get back into the swing of things with Following Julia Roberts (the working title of my novel). All the advice/writing/inspiring/etc. books say that you should not lose the momentum of your novel. Write Every Day! Plunge On! Bite me. I needed…

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August Goals…

Deb makes us do goals. (Okay, she doesn’t really make us, but she strongly encourages….) Actually, I think goals are a wonderful thing. However, I hate staring at all the ones I don’t hit in a month. Somehow it feels like I was sleeping while the test was happening…and it was a timed test…and I…

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Critiques for Sunday

As part of a writers group/workshop group it is one of the necessary duties to critique works that are submitted. I’ve been in groups where this is a fear-inspiring event, either because of page length, or quality of writing, or personal feelings towards others in the group. But with this group it is different…I feel…

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