Empty-nest syndrome for writers: What do you do after you finish a story?

I reached a milestone this week: I completed a draft of my first major writing project as a full-time writer. As I typed the words “The End” at the end of that manuscript, I knew it wasn’t actually The End. After all, this is only the first draft. Plus, I have more stories bottled up […]

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When the story veers off course–and midweek ROW80 check-in

Sometimes, the words flow like raindrops in a summer downpour. And then, that downpour is immediately followed by a dry spell. I know the reason: I realized late last week as I sat down to write that I was headed in the wrong direction in my WIP. Part of me wanted to keep going, but […]

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Decluttering is good for the soul—and a midweek #ROW80 check-in

Maybe cabin fever is setting in after an unusually cold winter, or maybe it’s the fact that my husband and I have decided to move, after living in the same apartment for seven years. Lately, I’ve been on a decluttering/cleaning/stuff-purging frenzy. Over the weekend, I cleaned out our pantry. I tossed anything that was expired, […]

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2nd chapter woes & an #ROW80 check-in

Is it just me, or are second chapters hard to write? Maybe it depends on the nature of the story, but I often find myself stumbling on chapter two, rewriting over and over and trying to figure out where to go next. Part of this problem tends to be that I don’t know exactly where […]

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#ROW80 Sunday check-in and a round-up of posts to inspire a year of writing

This week’s word count: 2,545. That amounts to two out of three scenes in chapter two of my WIP, “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” So, I didn’t quite meet my goal of finishing a chapter this week. But I did some plotting work that should help make this draft more cohesive than my first drafts in the […]

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Electric Blankets and Goblin Glamours in the midweek #ROW80 check-in

My mother-in-law couldn’t have gotten us a more appropriate and timely Christmas present than the electric blanket she gave us. Hubby and I have spent the past few nights curled up under it and reading—anything to ignore the record-breaking cold temps outside. We haven’t been shoveling ourselves out of the snow here in Virginia, but […]

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dusting off my blog–finally!

Needless to say, I’ve been away from the blog for a while. There are quite a few dust bunnies to contend with on the website, but I’m determined to clear them out. (Thanks, August McLaughlin, for the gentle nudge.) 🙂 And I’ve also missed talking with my fellow bloggers. I’m really curious to hear what […]

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Growing as a Writer and a Mash-Up of Awesomeness

Sometimes, when it comes to art, getting stuck is exactly what the doctor ordered. I’ve had some issues with writer’s block this year. It’s not that I can’t write. On the contrary, I can sit in front of a blank page and write. Like most writers, I have no shortage of stories or words to […]

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