This Procrastinator’s New Outlook: Disciplined Writing

I replied to a Tweet the other day asking what my procrastination device is. My reply: It’s in my blood…so, life. I find reasons to put off just about anything. Laundry, returning phone calls, making appointments to get my hair cut. Gracious, I even put off going to the bathroom, which usually leads to passing peopleContinue reading “This Procrastinator’s New Outlook: Disciplined Writing”

Write a While Wednesdays

Join me for Write a While Wednesdays! Set your timer for 15 minutes and just write…about whatever. We’re not after quality here…just a few minutes of fun and free writing time without pressure or pretense. I’ll share mine here. Share yours with a link in a comment below or on social media using #WriteAWhileWednesdays. Ready?  GO! 

5 Books that Inspired Me to Write

You know that bookish kid portrayed in movies who stays up into the wee hours sneaking a few more precious moments of reading under the blanket with a flash light? Yea, that was me. I devoured the pages with a voracity for the worlds I was exposed to. The characters became my friends (and sometimes my enemies).Continue reading “5 Books that Inspired Me to Write”

5 Things I’ve Learned From My Critique Group

When I joined my first formal critique group through the American Christian Fiction Writers I can honestly say my expectations were simple. My manuscript was professionally edited and I’d already spent time rewriting. I was ready to begin sending queries to potential agents. I expected compliments peppered with a few catches of mechanical errors (there are alwaysContinue reading “5 Things I’ve Learned From My Critique Group”

The Getting Critiqued Blues

Ba da da da dum / I got the blues… Ba da da da dum /  I got the getting critiqued blues… Ba da da da dum /  …the just-got-my-first-rough-critique-of-my-novel-that-I-thought-was-almost-done-and-no-body’s-gonna-like-cause-it-obviously-stinks-so-why-even-bother-blues. Overly dramatic, perhaps? I reacted like the stereotypical writer/creative that turns critique into self-loathing. Last week I wrote about the distinction between judgment and critique. I did so inContinue reading “The Getting Critiqued Blues”