I am not one to make excuses when I’m not productive. I am remarkable at abstaining from any activity that would challenge or stretch me. It would not be totally incorrect to call me lazy. Oddly enough, this week, I found that I had a great desire to work. For five days straight writing is… Continue reading Writing Fiction When the World is on Fire
I worked at home for a month. An entire month. I had a plan: wake up, attend to a few chores, make tea, report to my home office, turn on the computer, spend the mornings on work-related tasks and during the afternoons, write a novel. Easy enough, right? For years, I thought my day job… Continue reading What’s the Excuse?
It's no secret that I have trouble committing to anything I'm not getting paid to do. I also procrastinate. For instance, I was supposed to write this post on Sunday evening. I can't imagine that I was doing anything that would have warranted my not writing the post then. I had the task written on… Continue reading Writers Write: Five Hundred is the Goal
I’m a one-off sort of person. Every now and then I may say or do something inspired, maybe even profound. I have commanded attention with my brilliance, but before I can really revel in the moment, before i can pat myself on the back, I am equally known to follow up my greatness with blatant… Continue reading The Art of Finishing: Maintaining Voice
Last week my writer's group met for our first meeting of the year. I was an hour late because of an extended church service and arrived just in time to have the first four short chapters of my novel critiqued 😟. I didn't get terrible comments but what I did get were lots of questions… Continue reading 2020 Goals: #1 Adding Backstory
I don't know what it means to be a Christian writer who doesn't write Christian novels. I don't know if it means anything.
Nanowrimo starts this week and I’m preparing for it by lying on my couch with an entire blanket coiled around my neck. (My throat hurts and I’ve convinced myself that the blanket is a healing agent.) I have a mug of salted caramel tea steaming on top of my Star Trek: The Next Generation coaster,… Continue reading Nanowrimo 2019 – It’s a Mood
Writers, I challenge you to make submitting your work your 2019 resolution! Please, start with Lunch Ticket. - Jay
I'm pretty busy. I have a teenaged son. I work full time and I'm also in a master's program. I became active in my church a few months ago and am helping to plan a women's conference. On top of that, today I decided it was a good time to finally learn to cook. Two… Continue reading The Believers Guide to Time Management
I have no idea if anyone noticed, but I added a countdown clock to my page. I am going to finish the first draft of my first novel by the end of 2018. I've decided. More than once. And I've said so on this page several times. But as I sit on my couch staring… Continue reading Countdown to Excellence