Finding the Right Word

Hey Creative Writer, Have you even been in the middle of writing something when you come to a grinding halt because your brain stumbles on a word? You know you know it. It’s on the tip of  your tongue. And it’s the perfect word but you’re mind won’t produce it? Yeah… we’ve all been there. The thing about written communication is that it’s more difficult to convey meaning and easier to cause confusion. Without being able to rely on body language, expressions, tone, inflection and the like you are literally reliant on the words on the page. So, yes the … Continue reading Finding the Right Word

Why we hate some remakes and praise others

Hello Creative Writer, Today I’m just going to muse on the wonderful world of re imagined stories. We have all been there. We are flicking though videos on Youtube when we see a title like “Coming Soon: Disney Remakes Classic” You roll your eyes. Why? Why, can’t we get something new? Why indeed.. Yes, often a company will decide to take a property it owns and remake it a different way to exploit the nostalgia of it’s original audience in order to squeeze as much additional profit from the title as possible. But creatively retelling a story is sometimes an … Continue reading Why we hate some remakes and praise others

The New Normal

Hey Creative Writer. Long time- no see. Let’s be honest. 2020 has majorly sucked (excuse me language) Between a global pandemic, in-fighting, political and social turmoil, stay at home orders and natural disasters it’s been a wild ride. And I’m not going to lie to you- writing hasn’t even touched my priority list. I think most of us can agree that life is different now.. Covid-19 marks a before and an after in our history. But what does the “after” look like? I haven’t the foggiest because right now we are still in the “during”. The new normal of right … Continue reading The New Normal

Ideas

Haven’t written as much the last couple weeks and my brain is rebelling, persistently shoving ideas to the surface like a game of Whack-a-Mole. Zine ideas. Revisions for the accidental novella. POEMS. Plot notes for the two (!) new (!) longer-than-I-have-the-discipline-for stories. One came to me in a dream, one was a FINISHED. SHORT. STORY. that betrayed me the second I tried to tweak the ending. Did I mention zine ideas? Let’s mention them again, because they’re multiplying like bunnies. You spend half your writing life asking “Where do ideas come from?” and the other half painfully aware of the … Continue reading Ideas

Music for Writers

We all know music influences your mood. It can even be a shortcut to the mood you want, so I have a playlist for just about every state of mind I could need to access on any given day. Energizing playlists for cleaning and working out; road trip playlists carefully curated to keep me peppy but not too hyped on long drives; a Calm Down playlist for when my anxiety spikes (also essential for road trips); a slightly different mellow playlist to help me sleep when I’m restless; and, since it’s that time of year, a winter/Christmas playlist to keep … Continue reading Music for Writers

How Not to Support a Writer

A partner once asked me why I never shared my writing with him. “I’ve shown you stories,” I reminded him. “The ones I won that award for.” “Everybody saw those,” he said, dismissing them. I don’t think he’d bothered to read the stories, because that wasn’t the point of this exercise. What mattered to him—what threatened him—was that I had an inner life, one I didn’t share with him. If he truly mattered more than everybody else, I needed to prove it by sharing something unfinished, something no one else had seen. I never caved to that pressure, but that … Continue reading How Not to Support a Writer

November is National Novel Writing Month

It’s a big job, writing a novel, but NaNoWriMo turns a daunting ambition into a celebration, hundreds of thousands of writers coming together to cheer each other on through this mad dash at creation. 50,000 words. 30 days. It’s absolutely doable. Except, my head would explode if I started something new right now. Between seasonal depression and holiday angst, I feel like I’d be setting myself up for failure. But maybe that’s a good reason to try a little harder this month. Not having a new project to embark on or any hope of writing 50,000 words of anything before November … Continue reading November is National Novel Writing Month

‘Tis the Season to Be Creeped Out

I’m a chicken. But I’m a chicken who loves a theme, so every October I steel my nerves and look for scary reads. Most years I gravitate toward the classics, safely familiar stories like Dracula, Carmilla, or Frankenstein, because I like the trappings of horror without the actual being afraid part. And last October when we challenged each other to write horror stories, I kept mine pretty tame, because I wasn’t quite in the mood to scare myself. This year feels different. So for the next two weeks I’ll be reading more horror and more about horror, trying to figure out what … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Be Creeped Out

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

The Writing Community

Been a quiet fall so far. I’ve been itching for chats with our writing group but there aren’t many of us at the moment. In lieu of meetings I’ve been sampling writing podcasts and reading every article on writing that crosses my path. It’s not the same, but I’m learning a lot. The internet is the best thing to ever happen to writers. When we formed this group last October, Twitter had for years been my substitute for a writing group. I’d followed a few writers so I’d know when they published new books or stories, and suddenly my feed … Continue reading The Writing Community