It’s almost tamale making time so I’ll be deep into making various traditional and vegan tamales with the family. But before that happens, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you are enjoying your time with your loved ones and continuing or making new traditions.
The time between Christmas Day and New Years Day is a perfect time to read a new book, journal, or decide your writing goals for the new year.
I’ve collected a few posts on writing that I hope you find helpful:
Half of August is gone and September is rolling into view.
A lot of stressful events occurred in the last few weeks (life between the sheets of paper) but they aren’t my stories to tell right now. They belong to my family but I can share some of my own more positive days.
I’m deep in the middle of a UCLA online writing class and to be blunt, it’s kicking my butt.
Sometimes we need a boot in the behind. And not to sound like a masochist, but it’s a good thing. The class contains a lot of great short stories to read, discussion with other students, and here’s where the shoe hits the soft spot, I must create and write a story every week.
Like everyone else, there’s a ton of stuff to do as a parent, sibling, daughter, and friend that could be done instead of reading and writing for a summer class.
But, I’m viewing this as a test of patience and persistence on my writing journey. Which reminds me of this quote:
At first, the assignment was 100 words, then 150 words, rising to 400 words (easy-peasy) but then we began to climb the word count mountain. Now it’s 500 words, and the final is a complete short story of 750-1250 words due in three weeks when I’m leaving to the UK. (I know, boo-hoo) 🙃
Although I may sound whiny I am enjoying the process. Sometimes it’s good to get back into ‘school.’
So, I thought I’d share a couple of items that may benefit my blog readers who are writers. Maybe you need a little inspiration to stay on the writing wagon.
“Don’t let yourself set page goals, or think in terms of what gets done in a given session of work. Spend the time–the session is what counts, the time. The goal should be two hours, or three, or four, however many. Did you spend the time? If the answer is yes, no other questions. Cultivate patience of the tidal kind. This day’s work. It doesn’t have to be especially productive–no matter how well or ‘not well’ it seems to go in a day, it is always going well if you’re working, if you’re making the time. The good things will come if you’re making the time.” Richard Bausch
And now for an excellent video:
I hope you enjoyed the quote and video. Whatever your chosen passion may be, a good kick in the derrière may drive you over the hump and into the desired place you want to arrive.
Do you ever want to throw your work in progress away? Chuck the manuscript you’ve worked on for years?
If you’re a writer, you’ve been there and done that.
The last few months I’ve taken writing classes with an editor, Toni Lopopolo and her assistant, Lisa Angle. We’re a small group of writers who brave the weekly sessions with Toni and Lisa so we can become better writers.
I’ve learned I must swing a machete through a draft to become a better writer.
Machete-wielding is a dirty job. You must be merciless. This will hurt, but it’s for your own good.
These tips will help you murder your draft:
Pluck out backstory in the first pages.
Delete the flowery prose that serves no purpose. This includes adverbs and -ing words.
Hack out the ‘terrible 20‘ words that result in the passive voice.
Have you ever had those days when you’re so unmotivated to write that you’d rather vacuum the rug? When you think of giving up on ‘building’ a writing career? Me too.
This usually happens to me when I’m faced with another revision or starting a new piece of writing or receiving another rejection slip.
Keeping on task and moving forward isn’t easy.
Well, serendipity struck and I came across a fabulous article from Your Writer Platform. After I read the tips I thought of each one as a brick in the process of writing and in the steps to a writing career. (Pun intended).
I’ve added two more tips to their fine suggestions.
Tip #40: Relax: Chill out, it’s not the end of the world. So what you take a brief break from writing.