Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's That Time of Year Again

Time for New Years writing resolutions! If you want to have a few witnesses to your good intentions for 2010, feel free to post your resolutions in the comments of this post and we'll do our best to encourage you and keep you honest :) Personally, in the past I have focused my resolutions on meeting self-imposed deadlines or increasing writing time, but this year I am starting by focusing on getting back to the things that make this writing thing fun for me. I am vowing in 2010 to disable my inner editor, at least for a while, since I have found that nagging little voice is really inhibiting me lately. What about you? Whatever you are concentrating on in this new year, I hope 2010 brings you plenty of writing joy and success.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dangerous Wands

Don't say I never gave you anything for Christmas. This parody of "Dangerous Minds" and Harry Potter is hysterical.
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1925557

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Ghost Stories

I'm talking about the Victorian tradition of ghost stories at Christmas over at Children of the Night http://childrenofthenightya.blogspot.com/ Come put a little spooky in your stocking!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Solstice!


My family and I are Wiccan, and one Wiccan tradition for winter solstice is to stay up all night telling stories while the Yule log burns as a way of passing the longest night of the year in the light of community. So, I'm hoping that the stories are flowing freely for all of you tonight. I think that, as folks who love to write and read fantasy and science fiction we have a special understanding of the battle and balance between light and dark, so blessed Solstice to you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Writing from the heart.

I fell into the creative void. Creative void, you know, the place where all artists go there at some point in their career. Or perhaps it is place where an artist visits over and over again. It feels like a vacuum where nothing – I do mean nothing can get in or out. As I began searching, asking myself, “what is going on?” I realized - I have a great process down: outlines, index cards, treatments, character sketches BUT is there point where writing efficiently can hamper creativity?

Yes.

OK? Now what?

Take a time out, do something different. Go to bed. (I usually stay up.)

A thought occurred to me this morning: I was trying too hard to be organized. I was micromanaging my world. I had to loosen up a bit. Allow myself to play in the world to maybe write other shorter stories in the world. Follow my heart a bit more….

I noticed,

I write better, when I write from the heart. I make less mistakes. There is passion and energy behind my words.

Whatever your process is honor it.
However, if you should fall into the void, try something different to jump-start your creativity.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Wide World of Goal Setting

The other day I made the most useful spreadsheet, this magical sheet contains every single writing contest and magazine deadline I am interested in. Whereas, I may not enter every contest, however as I finish stories, I have a plan on where I want to send them.

A great of setting goals with out the pressure.