A year of 6 a.m. writing sprints

A year ago today, one of my fellow writers, Kristie Wolf, and I decided to get up at 6 a.m. and spend an hour working on our novels. We called it our “morning sprints” but we really weren’t in a hurry. “Sprint” means more like an exercise to get our creative juices flowing so we…

Writer’s weekend

Go away, damn snow! Melt, you stupid ice! Nothing is going to keep my writer friends and me from gathering this weekend to write and talk about our works in progress. I’m playing host for the Revisionaries’ first annual writer’s retreat, starting in a few hours. We’ve all watched the weather forecasts like little kids…

INSPIRED: Writers in the Storm

They don’t even know it but I consider Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Orly Konig and Fae Rowen among my mentors. The authors  who created Writers in the Storm offer practical advice on the highs and lows of writing. Their columns keep me writing when I feel off, and inspire me to go back to work when I’ve…

WRITING: Write on schedule

It’s 9 a.m. any day of the work week. And weekends, too, if the family doesn’t already have something for me to do. Where am I? It had better be right here with my laptop open and Scrivener humming away. Trouble is, often I’m not. Sometimes, I have an appointment, an interview, a meeting. Then it’s…

INSPIRATION: Finding the magic

Ann Patchett recommended Big Magic and I love Ann Patchett‘s writing so much, I went out and got a copy of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Part memoir, part self-help book, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s latest is  an easy read in a conversational tone. The author of Eat Pray Love, Gilbert writes about taming fear to release our inner creativity. She talks about…