Barfly is finished. 68,708 words and 23 chapters. It only took me 25 days (from November 21st to Jan 14th) to write from beginning to end. I’m sitting here amazed by that […]
The Last 15,000
Last night as I sat down to write, the words were struggling to come out. I didn’t like the way the sounded together, apart, and so on. They didn’t move the story […]
Received another rejection letter today. The total is now 15 rejection letters with 1 of positive feedback. Break it down further and it’s this: 6 no responses, 9 actual rejection letters. And […]
Permission to Write
From Jeff: Without a doubt, however, your biggest strength is in your characters. I like them enough that I could probably write my own stories with them. Helen could be very, very […]
I am sitting and staring at a wall. Not a physical wall, but an imaginary one that is only there in fear. It’s the fear of failing or the fear of succeeding […]
Which Stings Worse: Rejection or Laughter?
Just finished a 2000 word short story to submit for a contest. At first, I was scared to write only 2000 words and then I realized it was going to be hard […]
Pesky Little Distractions but Productive
My goal of late 2008 was to focus on ONE project and finish it vs. focusing on 4 and barely attaining finishing. Today, as I sat, stared, and thought about my current […]
dis-cour-age (verb) 1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit. That’s how I am feeling right now. Discouraged. I often find myself comparing myself to friends who are also writing. […]
Daily Goal Has Been Reached…
I wasn’t going to start the writing process until the 5th. Mostly because I have been so sick that sitting in front of a monitor or tv hasn’t seemed like something I’d […]
It’s 4 days into 2009 and though I have written various blog/journal entries, I have yet to write in The Dumbing Down of Love. And as I lay here in bed with […]
Does Writing Equal Crazy?
Normally when someone says “I hear voices in my head” one automatically thinks CRAZY! Writers hear voices (characters) in their head all the time so couldn’t we be deemed crazy too? I […]
I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care
The subject line is from a Jimmy Buffett song which is also the title of the song. Another favorite lyric is, “Couldn’t care less. Feels all right.” by Matthew Ryan from “Killing […]
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