• Tips,  Writing

    Non Writing activities

    So, what do you do when you aren’t writing? Wait, people do other things than write? Uh-oh, I’m in trouble! As many of you know, I am a full time stay at home mom. Most of the day I am just chasing my almost one year old (three more days!) around the house. Within the last week she had given up in napping so that has cut down on my blogging/ writing time. But don’t fear, my husband had chosen next week as his vacation so I might get a great chunk of stuff done! J Outside of chasing her and playing with her, I do a LOT of reading.…

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    Coffee Date

    If we were having coffee right now, I would be gagging.  Coffee is like the nastiest thing on the planet…   Hot chocolate on the other hand, now that is what is up! 🙂 I’m not a fan of coffee.  I don’t like the taste, the smell or anything else when it comes to coffee.  I’m the person who goes to the coffee shop and gets chocolate milk to go with my doughnuts!  (Dunkin Donuts for life!) But if we were having coffee (well, you might be having coffee), I would have a cup of hot chocolate.  We might be visiting about all sorts of things.  If we were really…

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    Hook ‘em with a quote…

    “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” ― Nora Roberts This is one of my favorite quotes when it comes to writing. Let me explain. As writers, we often have an inner judge, jury, editor and critic that lives in our head while we are trying to write. We worry about what other people are thinking or what others might think. That is one of the major causes of writer’s block. Then at the end of the day, we have nothing. You can’t fix nothing! As a lover of NaNoWriMo, I have learned a few things. First off, I learned that getting the words on…

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    Steph’s writing corner.

    Today’s Writing 101 assignment is all about where the magic happens – in other words, where the writing happens! I love sharing about my writing space. (It also asks questions about  writing habits, equipment and other things.  I will get to that in a few!) We had just moved into a new place and it had a sun room.  It was dead space for us for quite a while but them we decided to create an amazing place for work to happen! It has become my favorite place in the house.  We have two desks, a corner desk and then a small glass top desk (that we have had forever!)…

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    Writer’s Procrastination

    I can’t decide if procrastination kills creativity or is essential to it. — Grant Snider (@grantdraws) April 28, 2014 I am in the middle on this statement. Daydreaming or procrastination really does help your creative side to think.  It allows the creative juices flow because your brain is relaxing and isn’t focused on anything.  That is a why so many great ideas come from taking a shower or sitting in the oval office; it’s not a difficult task to do and your brain decides to wonder.  Overall, it sounds great. But (and there is always a but!), too much of a wonderful thing is a bad thing! Only daydreaming will…

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    The Window

    Today in writing 101, we had a choose of one of four picture to write about.  I picked, “The Window.”  This is with the main characters of my current sci-fi project.  Well, I will let you just get at it.  Let me know what you think!  🙂 Sam’s Dream Samantha slowly opened her eyes to a dark room. She slowly sat up and looked around. It wasn’t her quarter. The air was heavy and smelled stale. She lifted her left hand up and felt the space next to her. It was a wooden wall. She slid her hand across the grain, the roughness of it pricked her fingertips. She felt…

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    Quote challenge

    I was nominated by Hope, from this blog post.  Thank you for the love! The rule is that you have to post one quote a day and tag three people in one post. That is what I will do!  🙂 But first, let me share a quote. ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ –Alice in Wonderland This one of my favorite quotes of all time.  It’s from Alice’s trail in Wonderland and it hits the nail on the head so well!  As writer’s (or just humans in general) we like to talk and tell others what has happened in…

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    Writing 101 assignment.

    Alright, here is another Writing 101 assignment.  This time this is a ‘one word prompt’.  It boils down to you pick one word (here are the words: treasure, regret, home, love, uncertainty, secret.) and then write about it.  Sounds great?  Well, to me, it is! I like to time myself when I write.  15 minutes was the magic number this time.  (For my fiction writing I give myself 15 minutes and for my other writings I tend to give myself 10!)  I feel it helps me get the words out.  Not everyone likes that, but for me it works.  One top of that, this will be a sample ‘rough draft’…

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    The Reason I Write

    Writing is a very personal thing.  No two writers write for the same reason.  My reasons are different from the writer in the next blog over.  No two people with write the same.  So, why does someone write?  Well, i can’t say why Bob writes, but I can tell you why I write. To start off, like I have said many times before, I started writing while I was in eighth grade. I remember it clearly because we had a writing assignment.  Normally I struggled with it because I wasn’t a big fan on writing.  I didn’t get the point of it.  But this assignment was different.  It was a…