Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hold on...and on...and on...

I've been writing my way into 2018 with an idea on the verge - something rough and only partly formed - an idea on which I've nearly given up half a dozen times. In the past, I've found myself walking away, letting such ideas go, giving up the fight. But this one...? I've written character profiles, plot outlines, log-lines and pitches; twisted and turned and glared at this idea from many different angles. Are these characters, this plot, this writing journey enough to make a novel? Can I make it so? This time, I've decided to hang on (sometimes only by the skin of my teeth) to this idea and this advice:

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Because, as the great Margaret Atwood also notes: 
"A word after a word after a word is power."


Monday, January 8, 2018

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY AT KCLS WOODINVILLE: Writing to Make a Difference with Laurie Thompson

SATURDAY, January 13, 2018

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library 
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville 

Laurie Ann ThompsonWhether you write fiction or nonfiction, the subjects and themes of your work can help you make a powerful connection with your community and world. Exploring these deeper elements enriches both your writing practice and the shape and style of your manuscripts. Join award-winning author Laurie Thompson (TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, BE A CHANGE-MAKER, EMMANUEL’S DREAM) for a discussion of writing as an act of empowerment—and a series of writing exercises to help you feel a stronger connection to your work-in-progress.
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Emmanuels Dream cover with stickerThis workshop is free and registration is not required. For more details, click here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Resolutions...? Rats!

It's 3:58 pm on January 1, 2018. I've done the grocery shopping, gone to the gym, and thought (a lot) about writing. I'm intimidated already. My unspoken New Year's writing resolutions feel unreachable before I even open a Word file. I have the urge to run the vacuum cleaner which, to anyone who knows me and my lack of interest in housekeeping, is a clear sign of avoidance.

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Are you with me? Have you clicked your way here to my website because it's as close as you've been able to get to actually writing today? Computer on, searching, scouring, reading as if the more keys you touch the more you can pretend to yourself that you're getting something done, or at least trying?

Admittedly, I am in a meta-state of denial because, obviously, I am writing this blog post. But it doesn't count. As much as I value sharing my thoughts via this cozy little web nest, these words move me no closer to the goal - 'The End' - in old school Times New Roman typed after 70- or 80-thousand other words with a plot, characters, and setting. Hold on...

Image result for phone callBetween the ellipsis above and this sentence, I did something else:
I called my sister (an amazing fellow-writer) and promised her 250 words by end-of-day. A gentle, palatable page of text from my current WIP. I've created accountability and a won't-quite-make-me-vomit-in-terror goal.

On this very first, terrifying, possibly depressing, uncertain, odd, numerically fraught day of 2018, I challenge you to phone a friend, make a promise, and write - even 50, even 20, even 5 - work-in-progress words.

Also, if there's time, enjoy the cute picture of a rat hiding beneath a book.