Category Archives: Inspiration

How to find inspiration, and the push to keep going.

The Novella’s Progress – first draft complete

The End, how satisfying it is to write those two little words after weeks, or months, or sometimes years of putting your soul into a manuscript. My novella finished up at 26,690 words. I was aiming for between 25,000 and … Continue reading

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The Novella’s Progress – My Mind Map

Here it is, folks. I’ve taken my own advice and done a mind map of my project. And I’m so glad I did: I’d forgotten a few of the characters who will be central to the mystery. Now I know … Continue reading

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The Novella’s Progress – Mind Mapping the Story

So, I’ve been puddling around exploring my characters and now I know them pretty well. It’s been like discovering new friends in the least likely of places. My main character and the narrator of the story is Claude, an older … Continue reading

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

Writing must be the ultimate solo pursuit. Which is great if you love the inside of your garret or your study or your bedroom. Personally I don’t know how else to get those words out of my head and onto … Continue reading

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How to be a Writer

For many years I dreamed of being a writer. Back in high school, I would start scribbling novels designed to make me famous. I would stay on task for a long, long time. Hours, in fact. Then the phone would … Continue reading

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The Horror of the Blank Page

It was one of those stinking afternoons in February. The classroom was stuffy with BO and dirty feet. Flies buzzed listlessly against the double-hung windows that yawned to catch non-existent breezes. Outside the sky was smoke-white and shimmering. Trees sagged. … Continue reading

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