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Writing Prompt Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Stephen King!

stephen-king

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September 21, 2016 · 7:47 am

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Read or Really Happened?

read or reality

For me, it’ wondering if I ever actually rode a unicycle.

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Friday Fun: You Should See the Research

the research

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May 6, 2016 · 5:10 am

A to Z Blogging Challenge: U, Understand

understand

Yeah, I get that authors should have social media platforms but Snapchat continues to elude me!

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

 

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A to Z Blogging Challenge, S: SQUEEE! Sedaris!

David-SedarisA few weeks ago, I spent a delightful evening seeing humorist David Sedaris at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. A bonus of the night was that our two older daughters came up from their colleges for the show; tickets had been a Christmas present for the five of us who know his work (our youngest had her own magical night sleeping over at her friend’s house). David entered the stage wearing culottes, and then proceeded to read a story printed in the New Yorker about shopping in Tokyo.  I’ve read his books but wasn’t aware that he was writing for The New Yorker, so now I feel like I have a weekly  treat that I can look forward to between the publication of his books.  SQUEEEE!

Many years ago, a librarian I used to work with recommended that I check out one of his audio books to listen to on my long drive down to Indianapolis for my library classes, and oh my.  I found myself laughing so hard that I had to pull over, stop the CD, and pull it out of the player.  If you’ve listened to Sedaris read his own work, you’ll know he’s that funny.

Seeing a favorite author is such an emotional experience.  We fans love our favorite authors because their writing lifts from the page and speaks to us.  They can articulate things we thing and feel that we aren’t even aware of how to begin to express.  Sedaris read from his work and then raised the house lights and answered Q&As from the audience for two hours.  We waited in the book signing line for another hour, and honestly, I smiled and just basked in the enjoyment of the experience the whole time.  He was every bit as charming and delightful and funny and irreverent as he appears in his work. I held it together until we crossed the threshold on the way out to the vestibule, at which point I turned to my husband, threw my arms around him and sobbed. So many times I’d missed the opportunity to see his show on a book tour when my path didn’t quite align with his – my husband estimated it was about 11 years I’d been waiting – it might have been more , but 11 from the first time I saw that he was on tour. We’d just arrived in Germany, and David was going to be in Munich, but since I hadn’t learned the language or public transportation system, I had no way to travel the few miles to the venue.

That show felt like a culmination of so many good things – family, love, laughter, stories.  So wonderful to have a bit of Christmas in the spring.

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q, Quality or Quantity?

neil gaimanEvery November I participate in National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, during which participants challenge themselves to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in thirty days.  I also serve as the Municipal Liaison for my state (=author wrangler, pep talker and Master of the event calendar).  Some Wrimos are plotters – they’ve spend the other 11 months  of the year plotting an outline of their Nano Novel, while other Wrimos are pantsers – they plunge in at midnight November 1st frantically typing anything that pops out of their fingertips.  Both types of Wrimos start off strong, but because it’s hard to write 1667 words a day if you’re out of the habit,  inevitably, the chatter on the NaNoWriMo forums turns to a discussion about word count, sludge and major manuscript padding.

To be successful during NaNoWriMo, you have to suspend your disbelief, withholding judgement on the quality of the work, while focusing on churning out quantity.  For the plotter or the panster, NaNoWriMo is all about pushing through writer’s block and forcing your characters to make a decision that moves the story forward.  Sure it could be crap, but sometimes writing sludge will get you to the other side of something or unravel a puzzle or spark an idea that you hadn’t considered before.  One of my writing teachers encouraged us to develop a daily writing habit (aargh! there’s that darn journal cropping up again) because it was like turning on the water in a faucet that hadn’t been used in a long while.  Daily writing is like letting the brown water flow until eventually it runs clear.

I liked this quote from Neil – but I have yet to find a quote I don’t like from Neil – because he really puts some good perspective on the whole excruciating process, don’t you think?

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: K, King

King

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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