Friday, March 21, 2014

Writerly Roundup

What are some things that help you with your writing? I've got a list of things that I appreciate.
Sunshine ... on my notebook ... makes me happy!

First, my toolkit. This is a very unofficial collection of items, carefully curated over the years and composed of things that I find myself turning to, no matter how many other writing tools I have to move out of the way to get to them. My list of most valuable pieces:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Careful Feeding

Good advice for life ... and writing.

Ever since we saw the movie Up!, this has been shorthand to explain how we are easily distracted. It's pretty universal, I think, as my kids use it, friends use it, it's the battle cry of the overtasked! And such easy, elegant advice for a writer.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When is good for you?

Sometimes it seems like I just can't get out of my own way. I have things to say, important (maybe) things to say and an eloquent (maybe) way to say them. But when I sit down and put pen or pencil to paper or fingertips to keyboard, I get nada. Zilch, zero, zip.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name

What's in a name? Well, I guess that depends on a lot of things. I am excited (a little giddy, actually) to announce that I was asked to serve as the Book Doctor for the 2014 Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc (OWFI) conference. What does that mean?