Focus–Or wax on, wax off

So, the holidays bring a slew of time management how-to posts for writers, usually some variation of staying productive in the face of the emotional roller coaster of stress-shopping, uncomfortable parties, and that one family member that never got the memo about not discussing politics at the dinner table. But few posts bother talking about …

Take It From Me

Over the last eight weeks, we’ve told you to try to write a million words, so how about some tools to help you get there. If you wish to make writing into a career in whatever way, it will benefit you greatly to establish a routine. Sounds simple, but honestly this will be one of …

When a Writer Isn’t by Mindy Mymudes

*Walks to stage. Basset hound ambling behind. * Me: “George, get out of here. You have your own blog site.” George: *Snort* *Releases a silent but deadly bomb. * Me: *Waves stench away from nose. * “Geez, if you have to fart, please go away.” *Turns to audience, red-faced. *  *Finger waggles to crowd of …

Tree rings and an abacus

Gentle reader, I am here today to discuss the theory that in order to be a “good” writer, you must first write one million words. James Gleick suggests in his newest book Time Travel, that art and creativity are the only real time travel we know. If you want the best idea of where a …

Defining “Ready”

“Stop your hand-wringing. Time to shit or get off the pot.” Ever heard about that tool in the writer’s toolbox where you learn to recognize your crutch words? The easy ones you fall back on during drafts? Well, I’ve discovered a crutch behaviour. I’m supposed to be able to recognize when to push forward. When …

Enjoying the Ride

For too long, I assumed skilled storytellers sprang into existence like Athena from the head of Zeus, and I wasn’t one of those gifted few. I envisioned the lucky authors adept at turning phrases, with the innate ability to craft memorable stories, intriguing characters, and gripping plots. Writers stopped mid-dinner, staring into space while fantastic …

What Does A Million Words Get You?

Once upon a time, after a week-long experiment with champagne and absinthe cocktails, my darling writer’s retreat buds and I all fell in love with the idea of a shared blog. Eventually we chose the blog theme of our journey towards writing a million words. Which, after sobering up, inevitably led to the question of …

I Promise

     When I was Nineteen, I lost my mind. An inevitable occurrence when you decide to throw caution to the wind and make writing your career. Six months into the throes of my insanity, I caught wind of a convention—ConCarolinas—that was happening two hours from my house. Nearly every author that I looked up to …