Writing has a lot to do with first choices. We write from the tips of our fingers, trying to get down all the words running in our heads. When we sit back and take a read through what's on the paper or screen, we can start to second-guess those words. I've written enough first drafts … Continue reading First Choices [includes yet another “Finding Mister Wright” free write]
On Friday, May 9, 2014, I finished the last chapter of Fearless. 167,000+ words, two-and-a-half years, and countless dreams, tears, and laughs later, it's done. The first draft, that is. Which means it's really just the beginning. Now, the manuscript (holy $%*&, I can really call it a manuscript!) can go to beta, then to … Continue reading “The End” is only the Beginning
I've had a long, tiring week of other people telling me what to do and how to do it, so I decided to make a fiction post strictly for myself. Luckily, Kellie Elmore's Free Write Friday offered me a prompt that kept me from going completely off the rails. As it is, I've adhered only … Continue reading Again, for the First Time
My go at this week's Five Sentence Fiction prompt from Lillie McFerrin: CHERISH. If you aren't familiar with Five Sentence Fiction, Lillie gives us a one-word prompt, and we're to write a five-sentence story on what it means to or evokes in us. We don't have to use the specific prompt word, by the way. … Continue reading Five Sentence Fiction: “You Never Forget Your First”
I was going to put up a post about how to give good (amateur) critique, but I decided to go a different direction, because I saw this come up in my hit statistics...again: For those of you who are sensitive to the subject of sex, you may want to steer clear of this post and … Continue reading Let’s Get Wet!