Been having quite the year. Essentially, I’ve lost like three months due to travel and being ill, and, well, the word count hasn’t been what I’d hoped. Still good, though. Anyhow, just a note that I’m still alive, still writing, etc.
Today’s my last day in Vienna. I haven’t felt like doing anything. I’ve written a bit, and done a bit of fussing with my site (fixing a couple of post-migration nits), but that’s all.
I’ve discovered that I’m monogamous when it comes to books. This week, that’s a problem. Months ago, I decided to attend the Cascade Writers Conference, and signed up for a workshop. In order to do that, I had to set aside the non-fiction book I’m working on and work on my novel a bit. Oh, […]
In terms of getting my word count done, day in, day out, there is one and only one thing that consistently provides the best results. I’m a night owl. Serious night owl. My most productive time is 10 pm – 2 am. My best productivity tool is to get 1/3 of the new day’s word […]
I slept 17 hours yesterday. It had to be the stress. I’m really glad I’m currently working on non-fiction, because the last week would just drown everything out. I’ve been there before: the novel suddenly takes an awkward left turn into Life territory, the prior plot never to be seen again. I think I’d handle […]
For some years, I’ve understood why I can’t write when certain kinds of things were going on in my life. Emotionally, they were loud, and for me, writing is listening to the quiet spaces where the words come from. It’s why I had so much trouble getting word count in my old career. I spent […]
So I think I have all my projects sorted out, and I put everything that I wanted to finish this year in one pile and everything for next year in another pile. I was shocked at how many words it would be. Then I added them up. Not so bad, and not so far off […]
I’ve had a problem over the last six months, and it’s both a good problem and a bad problem. For years, I’d pretty much only worked on what I thought of, and I didn’t have a lot of space for new books, new stories, new plots, or any of that. So I didn’t write very […]
…it’s a space station. I’d been taking notes and writing scenes for a longer piece that wasn’t working. I couldn’t think with it, but I dream it every few days, so I’d just write stuff down. Then I realized why it wasn’t working: it’s not a novel. It’s four novellas. It’s not erotic romance (per […]
It’s funny. When I get an idea, I often don’t have the sense of how big it should be. I’ll bang at it for a while, and then I’ll get some sense. I can either trim off some threads and make it shorter, or I can keep going longer. One piece I wrote for a […]