Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

And Today Is One Of Those Days

October 11, 2019

I don’t care if it is an overused phrase, some days the rain drops on the window really do look like tears!

I Know That. I’m The One Not Writing, You Know

February 28, 2019

You know you’re having trouble putting your thoughts into words when WordPress starts harassing you because “You haven’t written anything yet!”.

I’ve Known People Like This In Real Life

January 25, 2019

One of the best character writing examples/advice I’ve ever been given is “He is indeed the villain of the story and destined to be the heroes’ personal nemesis, but he doesn’t know that.  As evil and cruel as he is, at the moment he’s enjoying a drink by the fire, is feeling jovial and in want of company, so he’s going to call our heroes over and ask them to join him.  Since he is also polite and witty, everyone will have a marvelous time unless the heroes do something to change this.”

I’m Ornery That Way

November 7, 2018

One of the reasons I believe in the “less invisible” style of writing is because though I may not have been raised country, per se, my roots are country enough that I believe in my inalienable right to make language do what *I* want it to do and not the other way around.

Today’s Internal Dialogue

April 4, 2018

What should I write?

You know the drill.  Just write what you feel like saying to the world today.

I can’t write that here!

Well then . . . write it as close as you can get to it.

Go stick it in your ear!

See how easy that was?

I Keep Telling You That I’m Trying To Write A Philosophical Comedy Here!

April 5, 2017

Do you ever get the feeling that one the co-authors of your life keeps trying to sneak in unnecessary drama and pathos into your story when you’re not looking?

So I’ll Just Have To Keep Doing My Best With The Time I’ve Got

March 2, 2017

Despite the fact that it started with my gaffe the other day, I’m actually glad I had the conversation that followed.  Admittedly some of this stems from the fact that I got in some good lines like, “I doubt any reader alive or dead has ever sat down a book and said, ‘Now that was one FANTASTIC word count of a story!'”, and that always make me happy.

But ego aside . . .

(Wait for it.  It takes time to move something that size, you know.)

. . . some really good points were raised in that conversation, and I might talk about them another time, but one point in particular struck a personal chord with me.

Pretty much by definition, when you’re writing you’re not spending time with your loved ones, and the concept of being a “writing widow/widower” will be familiar to anyone who has tried living with a writer.  After a six month hiatus I’m making time to write again, but I’d like to set aside a lot more time than I currently am, and truth be told I’m a little too okay with the idea of leaving a “writing widow” in my wake as I work.

But I won’t leave a “writing orphan.”

A Clarification And An Apology

March 1, 2017

Not long after I posted yesterday’s post I was contacted by someone who said, essentially, “Hey!  I post my word counts, but not to brag, but as a way to keep me motivated so I keep writing!”

To summarize the equally essential parts of the much longer conversation that followed, my response was “If that works for you, that’s cool.  I have no problem with that.  We both know that a lot of writers are bragging when they post their word counts though.”

What I didn’t say in that conversation though because I wanted to say it here, is that while I was, of course, aware the person in question posted their word counts from time to time, I didn’t actually have them in mind when I made the post.  I was mostly just giving my personal response to the trend in general.

Yes, the operative word in the above sentence is “mostly” though.

Admittedly, I did have a specific writer in mind as a particularly egregious example of word count bragging, but I didn’t give it any thought as there was absolutely zero chance of them ever recognizing that I was thinking of them specifically.  My mistake was not considering the possibility that somebody else might think I was thinking about them, and for that I truly apologize.

Seriously, if you have the capacity to even consider the possibility that I might have been talking about you in yesterday’s post, you are not who I was talking about.

Trust me.

You Can’t Count On The Words Until You’re Sure They’re The Right Ones

February 28, 2017

I know a lot of writers like to brag about their word counts while they work, but I don’t do that because I never know until I’m done how many of those words are going to turn out to be keepers.

Back In The Saddle Again

February 27, 2017

So it’s been a long hiatus, but after spending the last six months or so learning the ropes of how to homeschool my son, I’m finally resuming writing again.

No regrets on shifting my focus away from writing for so long, but it’s good to be back in the saddle again because writing is one of those callings you get saddle sores if you don’t do it for too long.