Why I write in Google Docs

Writers all have their different habits and preferences for bringing words into existence. There are an endless number of writing programs, both free and paid, some just for processing words, or other more complex ones for organizing and story-boarding. Some writers even use pen and paper and keep physical piles of paper laying around! Personally, …

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Verify that you’re not insane

I got some feedback on my novella, The Observer, yesterday, and it was encouraging to hear that it was not a completely boring, confusing, self-indulgent mess as I sometimes feel it is in my spirals of confidence. Getting your writing out into the real world in front of real eyes (not those excessively cruel/worshipfully sycophantic …

The angle

Things don't always look like what they are... this picture could be an undersea growth, an abstract splatter painting, the shadows of some grasses, or a bare tree and blue sky. It all depends on how you present it, the angle at which you perceive it... I try to keep this in mind when writing. …

An opening I’m tired of

John Smith did something as another thing happened. "Unexpected statement that sets the tone of the story," he said.¬† Stories that open this way somehow lose my interest in an instant, no matter how interesting the things John is doing or saying are. Why? Because the structure of the opening is so familiar it induces …

Stop thinking up reasons not to write

Whenever I don't know what to blog about (like today) I just open up 'Several Short Sentences about Writing' to a random page, and then I have a blog topic. Today, I read this: Anything you think you need in order to write--or be 'inspired' to write or 'get in the mood' to write--becomes a …

Word trap

Still listening to Dorian Gray, but I've noticed a certain repetition of wording that happens so often it stands out. No one in this book ever sits down, they all invariably fling or throw themselves into their chairs and sofas--sometimes multiple characters in a scene. I find myself repeating words like that, too. When I …

How would you describe it?

As a writing exercise, I often try to describe random objects or scenes that I see in my daily life. I don't type them out--just in my mind. But I try to come up with the words to put exactly what I'm looking at right then into someone else's head. How do I get across …