How did your NANOWRIMO go?

So November is officially over and for those of you who were working diligently on your novels I commend you! Trying to write an entire 50,000 word novel in a single month is daunting but it is also a great exercise in just doing it. Often, I feel that my stories suffer from the dreaded belief that it’s never going to be right. The story in my mind is this big shiny thing- it’s absolutely perfect and what ends up on the page is never quite what I was striving for. So, I re-write it and re-write it and erase … Continue reading How did your NANOWRIMO go?

Everything is ok–Nothing

I wrote  a little story for Halloween- let me know what you think..   I don’t remember how I got here. I was sitting at my desk at work, typing a report, half zoned out from boredom and exhaustion; a product of not sleeping well the night before. My report was due at the end of the week and I knew it was important but somehow I couldn’t make myself care. My eyes glazed over and I could feel that little jump; my head bobbing as I fought off sleep. The screen grew fuzzy. The words lost meaning between my … Continue reading Everything is ok–Nothing

Writing to Deadlines

Hello Creative Writer, The topic I’d like to discuss briefly this week is working to a deadline. We are all writers here so we can be honest, like artists, we can be temperamental. Writing might slow or stale if inspiration doesn’t come or when other life concerns are more pressing. But what do you do when you have a deadline? Whether it’s a paper you must right for your Psychology class or a report at work that needs to be turned in by a certain time, some writing can’t wait for the muses to smile. I abhor deadlines but if … Continue reading Writing to Deadlines

Scissors

“Don’t move and it won’t hurt so much,” My mother said tapping my head with the comb. I winched. She sighed and brought the comb slowly through the sections she was working on, stopping at the ends and snipping them off cleanly. My locks had grown about mid back length and they were becoming tiresome so it was time for a hair cut.  She worked quickly knowing that my tolerance for this task wouldn’t last. Snip. Snip. “Don’t squirm.” It hurt because my hair tangled at the ends as it always had and well, you try having someone rip hairs … Continue reading Scissors

The New Semester is here and meetings have resumed!

Hello Party People!!! I mean Creative Writer, We are back in business for Fall 2019 and getting the ball rolling with a meeting tonight Sept. 16 2019 at 5pm to discuss the 2019 Goals for this writing group. If you can attend please do. We will be in the PHCC library at the Richland campus. If not, feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions and what not below in the comments. I’m going to try to get this year going with a write off! Yes, you heard me. I want the unedited raw brain goop- start a new post, tell … Continue reading The New Semester is here and meetings have resumed!

Do what you love and get paid for it.

Hello Creative writer, The thought of sitting at my computer and writing- crafting stories, it one of the things I love to do most in my life. The dream is that this could be your job, right? Well, there are two ways this can actually go. When I moved back to my hometown in 2010 I was given an amazing opportunity. I opened a Art studio at a gallery in the art district and I was able to start working for myself. In the beginning it was just what I’d dreamed and I was able to sit in my studio … Continue reading Do what you love and get paid for it.

FALL IS COMING

Hello Creative Writer, It seems like it’s been ages since we spoke. We took a bit of a break to let all of our members rest, relax and vaca as summer demands but I just thought i’d check in. We are so excited to get this new semester started. We will be resuming meetings at the PHCC library location and hopefully planning more fun and inspiring writing events. This summer has actually been a great time for reflecting and working independently on our writing skills. As we move back into the “nose to the grind stone” energy of Fall it’s … Continue reading FALL IS COMING

Reading: The Best Friend of Writing

There is nothing like being a writer and opening a book that someone else wrote. When I was younger I was thoroughly intimidated to write after reading the likes of Dickens, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. Who wouldn’t be? You think, how can I call myself a writer when I know darn well I can’t write like that? You might be discouraged before you even even put pen to paper. As i’ve gotten older though I look instead at these powerhouses and more as my goals and teachers, my mentors and friends. I read to learn- what do they get right and … Continue reading Reading: The Best Friend of Writing

Getting to the End

Ok, so I’m now within spitting distance of the end of my novel almost 40,000 words and now I get to finally write the conclusion that I have spent so long building to. Is this book my masterpiece? No..No it isn’t. But…I love this book not because it is some Great work of literary fiction but because I needed to write it. I needed it to get out all of my thoughts and feelings about my past, my ex boyfriends and myself. Yet… I have written a book in which I die and the guys of my past live happily … Continue reading Getting to the End