Category: Writing Life

  • Secret Big Class: Day 2

    Secret Big Class: Day 2

    Today’s objective was 1000 words on Ohio 4, and both starting and finishing Secret Writing Class Worksheet #1. It always amazes me how much harder it is to build a worksheet than to write the actual lesson it supports. It also amazes me that I forget this fact. I decided to do the worksheet before…

  • The Secret Big Course For Writers and DAY ONE: 4769 words

    The Secret Big Course For Writers and DAY ONE: 4769 words

    Yeah, I went big today. BIG IN A LOT OF WAYS. Have spent the last few weeks after getting my fiction words secretly outlining this Fiction-Writing Big Course, and building out my lesson blanks for the class. Today I wrote Secret Writing Class Lesson One, and got all the words for it (at least in…

  • Tueday: 1080, and a nice bit of twisting things

    Tueday: 1080, and a nice bit of twisting things

    I’m pleased with today’s words. I got to go deeper on one important series character, and I managed to frustrate my MC with this guy at the same time that I got to know him better. Always fun. Going to work for a while now on the OTHER PROJECT, which is nonfiction, and which shall…

  • To quote Meatloaf, “Some days it don’t come easy…”

    To quote Meatloaf, “Some days it don’t come easy…”

    It is a Monday. I’m trying to be objective by keeping that in mind. Mondays can be a bit tricky sometimes, and this was one of those. So… I got words… They fit, they moved the story forward, they let me build out the obstacle my characters are facing, and I genuinely like what I…

  • A truly solid writing day today…

    A truly solid writing day today…

    I am grateful for days like this one, when there’s a cool breeze blowing in the back window while I write, where I can heard birds singing and the leaves of maples and oaks rustling. Days like this feed the fiction, because the fictionalized town is a magical version of this town, and the sounds…

  • Today it was the Joy of Words

    Today it was the Joy of Words

    I love writing in my fantasy small-town Ohio world. Because while part of it is absolutely deep fantasy with really good magic, part of it is my house, and my street, and my little town right here… And I love my house, and my street, and my little town, and the folks who live here.…

  • Another slow, struggle-y day today working through Chapter 6

    Another slow, struggle-y day today working through Chapter 6

    The story has taken a (planned) dark turn. MEANWHILE… I’m struggling a bit to show the conflict without going darker than I want. And I have to be very, very careful right now NOT to let the magic run amok. It’ll do that, you know — magic will. Run AMOK… AMOK… all over the damn…

  • The Mystery Deepens… Ohio 4 and Important People Lying

    The Mystery Deepens… Ohio 4 and Important People Lying

    Some days, writing is like flying — it’s effortless, and exciting, and maybe a bit scary and windy, especially when the ground seems a long, long way down. But these are the days when you have to pull yourself away from the words when all you want to do is keep going. I managed to…

  • So… TODAY was epic…

    So… TODAY was epic…

    Still working from my line-for-scene outline, today the scene i started yesterday just took off. I now have 9245 words done on the first draft. I got 1432 words today, AND discovered the thing I needed to see, and it was completely different than I’d been imagining… but I love it so much. Some days…

  • Good writing day. Not epic, but…

    Good writing day. Not epic, but…

    Not every day CAN be epic. I had to do something hard thinking, and some outlining, and some worldbuilding, and none of that stuff counts as words. But it’s all essential. However, the part I got, I love. So now I have to go out into the world and DO STUFF. •·.·´`·.·•·.·´`·.·•·.·´`·.·•·.·´`·.·• My daily words…