Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rules for Writing Fiction

Here is a wonderful list of "rules" for writing fiction--or non-fiction, for that matter. It was sent to me by a writer in my regional SCBWI group, Jane Heitman Healy, and is well worth a read. I was LOL at some as I have been known to use my arm or hand if needed in a given moment of inspiration with no paper handy!

Here is the link:

You may also check out Jane's blog at:

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Inner Demons

For years, I thought I was an insensitive freak, not caring for anyone or anything. I'd get these flashes--some horrible trouble or catastrophe for myself or someone I love. I'd look hard within myself, wondering how I could be such a cold-blooded monster to even be thinking something like that. Now, I've started I battling inner demons or, as I choose to see it, is it my writer's imagination or intuition giving me ideas from which to form stories to tell the world? Perhaps, I've missed my calling and should be pursuing the mystery/suspense genre rather than writing for children! Or, most likely, I've lots of stories across many genres perculating around my brain just begging to be told. I look forward to the process of seeing where these flashes take me.

As Sarah Gilbert says in Walking on Alligators,

"You've got to be smart enough to write, and stupid enough not to think about all the things that might go wrong."

If any of you out there have ever experienced the same, I'd love to hear how you've channeled those flashes into something productive.

Monday, February 8, 2010


I read something beautiful today. It was in Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers but could apply to many areas of life.

"In today already walks tomorrow." Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What an amazing concept. In the chaos of life and all the daily chores and activities, it is easy to lose sight of what is important and the process by which everything happens. Focus on today and thereby "let tomorrow into your life." In your writing, open your eyes and heart to what you are creating today as it will "shape tomorrow." I know I have to sort through the to-do piles, turn off the inner thoughts that hound me about what is yet to be accomplished and just focus on today and what I am writing now as "in today already walks tomorrow." What a motivation to write and create today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Just Write

Continuing on with my post from last week and my attempt to just write before addressing any other items to do, the next hurdle becomes how to "just write."

Do you write and write and write and then go back to edit later as is the common belief in what one should do? Or, do you get easily caught up in the process of fixing as you go?

I continue to find inspiration in the daily meditations found in Walking on Alligators to which I refer very frequently. Here is what I read today..."To fret about what you are writing is not writing. It is editing, and editing can come later...For now, just write."

I try to write my first draft longhand on a yellow legal pad and just free write. It makes it easier to not go back and get caught up in the scrutinizing of each word as I go. It does seem to be helping me to "just write." How about you? Please share if you are so inclined.

Happy Groundhog Day!