One size fits all! Just inflate for the desire shape! (And in case of shipwreck, no need to fret. You will bob along prettily while everyone else is stuck with those horrendous life preservers.) Research is one of my favorite parts of the writing process. The little details you discover can do so much to … More Research outtakes || Inflatable undergarments, anyone?
And the story begins to materialize, and another thing is happening, which is that you are learning what you aren’t writing, and this is helping you to find out what you are writing.” ~ Anne Lamott, bird by bird Right now I’m making my way through Anne Lamott’s bird by bird. One of the handful of writing books I’ve come across that … More On Writing || What you aren’t writing
Unless you live in Colorado. As they say here, “April showers bring May blizzards.”
Moving here has been like pulling on an old, favorite sweatshirt that had been forgotten in the back of the closet. It’s a bit tattered, the picture on the front is a ghost of its former self, and one cuff has a rather large hole in it, so you wonder if you should just move … More The Little Stone House
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I have reached that point in packing where half the stuff is packed, the other half is in chaos, and the thought of donating the lot to Goodwill and starting from scratch is tempting. The Cowardly Golden and I are leaving the Mountain House in a little over a week. Another door is closing, another … More The Mountain House || a farewell
I don’t have my novel outlined and I have to write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it over again. (The Habit of Being, July 21, 1948) Writing to discover what you … More Walking with Flannery || write to discover what I am doing
Dear Miss McKee, I am looking for an agent. […] The novel, except for isolated chapters, is in no condition to be sent to you at this point. My main concern right now is to get the first draft of it done…. I am writing you in my vague and slack season and mainly because … More Walking with Flannery || the first step
It’s time. You’ve been putting it off for two months, but even you, a happy procrastinator, have to admit it’s getting ridiculous. Yes, this chapter was not in the original outline. Yes, you don’t have a solid idea for this chapter. And yes, the story needs this chapter to make it work better. You’ve tried to … More On Writing || How (Not) to Write or Edit a Chapter