"I don't like thinking that what I write comes from or is synonymous to a dream. I've heard writers speaking about novels as being extended dreams. I don't like that because dreams, to me, mean selfish gestures. I like the other notion that literature is a GIFT from the WRITER to the reader." ~ Richard… Continue reading Literature is a Gift from the Writer
Writers, we fear so many things. That we won't have what it takes. That we will run out of words. Perhaps that great idea should go in another book. "Often the writing process is filled with a sense of jeopardy because, in essence, with every book I turn myself inside out. One of the things… Continue reading You have to give everything away every single time!
"So I don't keep a notebook of good lines, good thoughts or dreams. I have too many stories in my head rather than too few. Until very recently I had to grab whatever time I could because I worked at one full-time job, three part-time jobs and so on. When I was ready to sit… Continue reading There’s not a single second of my life when I’m not thinking story…
"So much of what I do is unconscious. I choose not to dissect why certain images appear when I'm writing. I just let them lead and take me where they will. I attempt to make connections. I often feel that my connections are just as good as someone else's in that regard. Because, when the… Continue reading Messages, Dreams & Omens
Perhaps this year you will know that YOU ARE A WRITER! This year's focus in Writing from the Womb is about complete surrender to the process of crafting a story, living in the world of our characters, writing with intention and committing fully to "Birthing the Story!" I have met many women who have risen to the… Continue reading Writing from the Womb Workshop
There are things that will pull you back to the page by your hair… kicking and screaming. There are stories that will haunt you, excite you and demand they be told… Or why write at all? A dear friend to my family has left us… I am so sad to learn that he has left… Continue reading What would you write if today was your last day?
This is the last of my writing mantras... SHOWING UP everyday is truly the hardest and most important part of the writing process. Its about showing up even when we aren't inspired. Showing up when the writing sucks. Showing up when we have nothing to say. Its about sitting in front of the blank screen/page and… Continue reading Day 77: Show Up Every Day! #wewrite
#16 Writing Mantra: What would my character do in this situation? One of the most important things we must do in the creative process is get out of the way. We must get out of our own way! We must get out of our characters way! I am constantly reminding myself that this is not… Continue reading Day 76: What Would My Character Do? #wewrite
I have always wanted to write fiction. After picking up my first historical fiction novel, Isabel Allende's, The House of the Spirits I knew that I wanted to create worlds that celebrated the stories I never read in primary or secondary school. It wasn't until I attended university that I began to see a world… Continue reading Day 75: It’s Fiction! Pose A Question… Don’t Give It Away! #wewrite
#14 Writing Mantra: Move the story along. The story keeps moving. One event leads to the next. What are the things (moments/experiences) that must happen in order to move the story along? Writing Prompts: (1) The scene I am working on is building up to… (Ask of your story, character, scenes, symbols or themes every… Continue reading Day 74: Move The Story Along! #wewrite