Category Archives: Life as a Writer

Writing as Therapy

Sometimes I write to learn more about myself, to unleash hidden emotions buried deep within my psyche. November has been a trying month as I wrote at least 1000 words per day, and most days I wrote many more. Some … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating Goals

Sometimes we take on more work then we can handle. I did this with the NaNoWriMo commitment for November (see October 31 post). Now I must decide: abandon the project or re-evaluate my writing goals for November.  Abandoning the project … Continue reading

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Balancing Writing with Family Life

Wednesday will be a milestone in my life: My older daughter turns 40, so I will officially enter the realm of old age. I’ll be another old fart rambling around in life, confused with the latest technology, unimpressed with celebrity … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2010

November is National Novel Writing Month. Something I’ve heard about but never attempted the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. I’m not good with numbers, but the way I calculate it, that’s 1,667 words per day, seven days … Continue reading

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The Conference Event

The South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference (www.myscww.org/conference/) filled my life for the past weekend. After workshop sessions, critiques, and camaraderie with agents, editors and other writers, my mind is whirling with new ideas of ways to improve my writing. No … Continue reading

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The Value of Professional Networking

Today, I’m preparing for the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Conference at the Hilton in Myrtle Beach, Oct. 22-24. Three days of listening, learning, applying, and networking. By Sunday afternoon, my mind will be whirling with new ideas and new takes … Continue reading

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Spending Time with Family

I’m taking a break from writing today to spend the Columbus Day holiday with family. Tomorrow I’m off to get my hair cut and highlighted and treat myself to a manicure so my hands will silently fly along the keyboard. This week, … Continue reading

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Creative Energy of a Writer’s Workshop

The South East Mystery Writers of America (www.semwa.com) Skill Build workshop this past weekend was a great writing/learning experience. Held at Honey Creek Episcopal Camp and Conference Center (www.honeycreek.org), near Jekyll Island, Georgia, it provided a relaxing and inspiring place for a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Writer’s Workshop

My post today is short because this coming weekend is a big one for me. I’m attending my first Mystery Writers of America workshop, and I’m excited to learn new things and meet new people. However, I have to spend … Continue reading

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Start Where You Are

Another frustrating but productive week in my writing life. In addition to revising Chapters 1-3 of my manuscript—for what seems like the 500th time—I began a web design class. My homework for this week: design my site’s homepage layout. Please … Continue reading

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