Write every day…

That’s the secret.  Write every day.  It’s an exercise like jogging.  When you stop, inertia sets in and it’s  difficult to regain your momentum.  Even after a few days away from the keyboard, putting  down those first words can be a struggle. Participating in NaNoWriMo these past two years is teaching me to make writing…

On writing, NaNoWriMo, and such…

I find that the story is flowing through my fingers a little easier this year.  It may be, at least in part, because I’m writing from my desk instead of from bed.  Also, last year’s NaNoWriMo was a success, so I am more confident in my ability to extend a story to novel length. Just…

NaNoWriMo Day 2: Dialogue, connection, and the meaning of life…

Dialogue.  I find myself writing good, believable dialogue.  I am not bad at it.  Not bad at all. Up until yesterday, I was unsure what I would write about this year.  I knew I wanted it to feel meaningful to me, or it would never be important to the reader.  And by important, I mean…

NaNoWriMo 2011: On your mark, get set, go!

I love fall.  There’s both an intimacy and a loneliness that arrives with the early darkness and woodsmoke.  We’re driven indoors to share warm spaces, connecting in our common need for shelter and camaraderie.  There’s a melancholy, too, that is present in the cry of migrating geese.  A reminder that something is passing away, something…