A Day in the Life of a Writer, memoir, Writing

How to excavate a story from your past: Memoir ideas

  Telling a story from one’s childhood is not the same as excavating it.  One may think that simply writing out a vignette from one’s childhood addresses issues plainly, but it ain’t so. Here’s the thing: First you have to write out the memory exactly as it has been playing in your head for the… Read More How to excavate a story from your past: Memoir ideas

A Day in the Life of a Writer, memoir

Regurgitation: It’s what’s for breakfast

“As writers we live life twice, like a cow that eats its food once and then regurgitates it to chew and digest it again. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it. … This is our life and it’s not going to last forever. There isn’t time to talk about… Read More Regurgitation: It’s what’s for breakfast

A Day in the Life of a Writer, Musings

first recognize your fear

“First recognize that you’re afraid and slowly build your tolerance for fear…You may still feel it, but you become willing to bear it as you write. You keep your hand moving, you stay there, you move closer and closer to the edge of what scares you.” – Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning You’d think it’d… Read More first recognize your fear

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Naming characters

I just discovered this on Facebook, and I think that may be the only place you can use this technique.  If you’re stumped about what to name your characters, try this meme-y thing: Did you know your CELL PHONE has a name? Try this: 1st step: From your mobile number, take the last 3 numbers.… Read More Naming characters

A Day in the Life of a Writer

cut off your head–it’s getting in your way

“Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.” – A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living I do it all the time. :/… Read More cut off your head–it’s getting in your way

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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Metaphors and Character Development

I don’t see much online on the subject of using metaphors in character development, so I’m sharing my process. I’ve got this homeless character  in the opening scene of my novel and she did something that surprised me.  I thought she was just a crazy old lady, but she pulled a .357 on a Beemer… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Metaphors and Character Development