Butt to Chair

My writing group promotes the butt-to-chair philosophy, which is basically this — sit your butt in a chair and write. A simple thing really, yet it’s difficult to pull off if you’re stuck in the swamps of life, or if you prefer a happier image, the amusement park of life, where we rush from one activityContinue reading “Butt to Chair”

Thursday Thoughts – Wicker, Zombie Babies and a Scary Fish

Thursday Thoughts – Every Thursday I’m going to post a few short paragraphs, or photos, about random ideas to share with you some of the things that inspire me. It has the added benefit of keeping me focused, because let’s face it sometimes writers are interested in everything but writing (see how I didn’t mention the ‘p’Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Wicker, Zombie Babies and a Scary Fish”

Weekend Writing

I spent yesterday at a Short Story Masterclass workshop led by fellow Stockholm Writer’s Group member, Cassie Gonzalez (great name!). It was fun. We read some stories, talked a little about the craft, and spent some time practicing the techniques we had discussed. At the end, we took everything we learned and cranked out aContinue reading “Weekend Writing”

Using Objects in Writing

Last week, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program launched their MOOC How Writers Write Fiction (if you’re interested in signing up, just click on the link). I took this course last year and thought it was fantastic, so I’ve signed up for it again. Unfortunately, the class isn’t even a week old and I’m already behind.Continue reading “Using Objects in Writing”

Coffee or Tea?

So I’m sitting here with a cup of tea, mad at my computer because it’s having a personality crisis and can’t remember that it’s supposed to do things like connect to the internet, pull my file from the cloud, and print my work when I tell it to. Instead of stressing about all of thatContinue reading “Coffee or Tea?”

Why Do I Write?

I’ve seen this question asked, and answered, about a hundred times. I’m always curious to discover what motivates other people. I’ve laughed when I read the responses. Like Natalie Goldman who answers, ‘Because I’m a jerk.’ (She has a host of other reasons, but for some reason this one made me laugh. Perhaps because IContinue reading “Why Do I Write?”

Every Writer Needs Little Helpers

Have you ever been plugging along, in the middle of a great escape scene, only to realize you weren’t alone? Someone else was there, perhaps watching your every move? Most of the time these unexpected visitors are harmless. They show up and inspire you. They remind you of words you pulled out of the depths ofContinue reading “Every Writer Needs Little Helpers”

Rekindle your friendship with quiet in three easy steps

I have no idea how I function some days. Every second hundreds of tweets flash by and dozens of Facebook posts pop up. My email is flooded with messages, spam, promotions I don’t remember signing up for, status updates for websites I haven’t visited in over two years, Google+ updates, Goodreads updates, library updates, literary magazinesContinue reading “Rekindle your friendship with quiet in three easy steps”

The power of 750 words

I first heard about the power of writing 750 words a day while attending the University of Iowa’s MOOC last fall. A forum post popped up asking who else used the site and I didn’t think anything about it. I write as much as I can when I can. I’m spastic enough as it is,Continue reading “The power of 750 words”

Writing Advice I Choose to Ignore

Yesterday, I ran across Dylan Hearn’s post, The Ten Worst Writing Tips I’ve Received. He warns the readers the tips are ones that did not work for him, but acknowledges everyone is different. He also doesn’t seem to mind if you counter his points, which I did. Check out his list and if you agreeContinue reading “Writing Advice I Choose to Ignore”