Novel Notes: Creating a Scene Plan

5 scenes in I can already tell a spreadsheet scene plan is going to be a powerful tool for me to use.  I think I got the idea from Novel Writing for Dummies, though I'm not positive; I've got several help-books going at once. By … [Read More...]

What Flannery accomplished in 2 hours a day, most of us won’t do in a lifetime.

“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits…You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or … [Read More...]

Dreams as Plot Lines

I discovered something interesting about writing as a practice this week. First, my disciplined habit: It's my practice to get up early, usually around  5 or 5:30, in order to write in a quiet house before our days get started. … [Read More...]

Understanding My “Why”

I love ideas. I like the strategic and efficient use of resources. I deeply value connectivity and relationships. I love words and people, eye contact and "aha" moments. I pour these passions into my pursuits. I do it through … [Read More...]

Hearing Myself Think

I've had a lot of negative self talk lately. A lot of negativity, period. When I decided to eat gently without a scolding diet, and to move around gently without punishing my form, some things began to … [Read More...]

Makerspaces: Designing an Art Room and Writing Studio

Macaroni stuck to construction paper. The minty taste of glue paste. Rows of crayons with perfectly smooth conical tips and that that little flat end on the tippy top. Those were some of my first art supply memories. I was born … [Read More...]

On Making: Ancestral Creativity

Heading out my front door as a child I had great choices.  I could turn towards the right through the yard and maze of rose bushes, to the tree house, back fields, or tiger lilies. If I went straight ahead I could climb the pines, … [Read More...]