Whether you want to hone your plotting skills, learn techniques for managing point of view, deepen conflict in your stories, or free your creativity, you’ll find an in-depth series on the topic to help you learn to write better at Live Write Breathe. Continue Reading>>
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, the second of Edward and Emily Dickinson’s three children. Emily grew up in Amherst, in a house built by her grandfather, leading a quiet and privileged life. Her father, known by some as “Squire” Dickinson, maintained a religious fervor that Emily failed to emulate, despite her father’s insistence she attend weekly sermons in the Congregational church across the street. Continue Reading>>
Ah, sweet relief! You’re alone in your office with every other member of your household occupied elsewhere. The fragrance of your favorite beverage fills the air. Brain foods (like chocolate) await your pleasure. Your phone is muted, and a Do Not Disturb sign warns would-be intruders away from the front door. Now is the time! You power on your trusty computer and settle in to start your novel. But, wait… Continue Reading>>
Some writers produce a book a month without raising a sweat. (I am not worthy to kiss their feet.) I have always considered myself a slow writer, but maybe that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. A recent experience has taught me that I am capable of more than I was giving myself credit for. Continue Reading>>
The hero of your story gazes at the heroine from…now what color did you make his eyes? A minor character crops up again, and you rack your memory for words to search so you can find out what you named him. And you catch two of your characters making the same defining gesture. Does any of these scenarios sound familiar? Continue Reading>>
I’m always overwhelmed by the response whenever I run a survey to help improve Live Write Breathe. Your kind remarks have me blushing. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts and find them helpful. Continue Reading>>
On a journey as the main character of your novel, you come to a river cutting a deep channel across thirsty land. Spanning the river is a wooden bridge that looks like it’s seen better days. Are you happy to be here or wish you were somewhere else? Why are you traveling? Where have you come from, and what is your destination? Is a companion with you, or are you alone? Are you running away, being pursued, or are you chasing someone? Continue Reading>>
Cluttered Writing Life Causes & Cures: Writing Creativity Killers, Part 5
Novel writing, social networking, blog posts, newsletters, promotions–oh my! You have too much going on, more or less all the time. Everything seems important and necessary, but you are stretched thin and entering the red zone of author burnout. Or maybe you crossed that boundary line a while ago but are slogging on out of a sense of duty. Your office is a mess. There’s paper clutter everywhere. And you can’t even hope to deal with cluttered computer files. Your schedule is more like a wishlist these days, with only a few items crossed off on good days. Writing just isn’t fun anymore.
In a scenario like this one, something has to change. Continue Reading>>
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 4
While checking in a day early to a writing conference where I was booked to sing, a poet who was one of the presenters helped me carry my luggage to my room. We had a nice conversation, during which she confided she was learning to take time to ‘breathe and be.’ That resonated with me so deeply it became a turning point that changed my life.Continue Reading>>
No matter how tight my schedule, I always make time to breathe and be.
Writing Creativity Killers, Part 3
So much to do, so little time. Does this sound like your life on an ongoing basis? You either enjoy the challenge, look wistfully back to when you had the freedom to create without a schedule, or both.
When your ambitions overwhelm your available resources, burnout isn’t far away. Determination can keep you going while tapped out, but your creativity inevitably suffers. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of time stress and how to remedy them. Continue Reading>>