Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Imagination fills the gaps. Sometimes I struggle because I want to be right. When writing history, it’s easy to slip up and include an object not yet invented or miss a social cue that today would be non-existent but back then ever so important. The temptation...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 24

Trust your sense of taste. Cooking a book is a lot like kitchen cooking. We have recipes from the masters like Chef of the Day and Author of the Year, but learn to trust your own taste. It’s nearing my favorite feast of the year and I’m pecking away at the...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 24

Your story is both unique and part of something greater. It’s snowing tonight and I can’t help but compare stories to snowflakes. Each storm is new, fresh. No matter how many stories go out each one is a fresh new voice. Like snowflakes, each story is...

Coffee for WriMos: Weekend Edition

Write books. I mean this in the same tone as Michael Pollan wrote, “Eat food.” Like our modern food system burdened with factory farming, GMOs, organic labels, disappearing honey bees our trip to the market is fraught with complexities. So is the book...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 20

Relax. Breathe. You’ve got this! I don’t know about you, but I need a massage. I type one-handed so my right shoulder is starting to burn with marathon writing sprees. I’ve surpassed 33,000 words so I feel like I deserve something relaxing. Without...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 19

Is your spark already smoldering? If you sign up for NaNoWriMo, then you know all about the Pep Talks from authors that are emailed to your dashboard. I’ve been waiting for this one from Brian Sanderson since I first found out that he was slated for a Pep Talk....
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 18

Stories are powerful. A great reminder today from Geoff Le Pard over at Tangental with his post on the chemistry of storytelling. Be sure to visit and watch the Ted Talk with SJ Murray. It’s Tuesday, so Carrot Ranch also has stories to share from the Rough...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for Wrimos: Weekend Edition

I’m a story-catcher. This idea first came to me when I watched the movie, The Songcatcher, about a female music professor who goes into Appalachia to collect the mountain folk music of the region.  I realized that not only do I tell stories, but I recognize and...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Days 11, 12 & 13

Hiccups happen. And when you get the hiccups, you have to do something about it–hold your breath, drink water up-side-down, swear mildly or fiercely. You can also ignore the hiccups. No matter what, hiccups will come and go. NaNoWriMo can have hiccups, too. Life...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day Ten

Experience what your characters are experiencing. Unless you are killing off characters. Don’t do that. But like a method actor, crawl inside the experience you are writing. You can do this physically–today we drove up the Pack River one last time because...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day Eight

Look for anchors. Yesterday’s break fed my diva and the keys are tapping out words beneath my fingers once again. While taking my break, I watched a movie last night, The Inside Man. I didn’t write yesterday, but I still thought about my story and I took a...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day Six

Your draft is an ugly baby. Face it–writing is messy and that first attempt to communicate the dazzling story in your head is not the same as what ends up on the page. Just like not all babies are born looking like a Disney Princess, your first draft is not...