Plotting As Cliff’s Notes

I got into a big discussion with a non-writer friend yesterday about plotting.  I was talking about why I’m thinking about the challenge of writing a novella (I figure it will be good for me to try to hone my skills to squeeze more story into a tighter space) and also what difficulties I’ve been […]

Tangents Contained

Okay so I’ve been behind on my blog reading (and blogging for that matter) this week, so I’m just now getting around to checking out Michael Stelzner’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers-2008.  I visited all ten winners this morning and wound up subscribing to 5 fo the 10 (being already subscribed to Men With Pens).  […]


This morning’s craft chapter was all about how no one is ever too old or too young to write.  Sellers talks about how in her writing classes at the college where she teaches, the students are late teens or early twenties and don’t feel like they know enough or have experienced enough to write.  And […]

Duality Of Opinion

There was a fairly big brouhaha last week among my segment of the office.  An invitation was sent out for all research associates about a retreat (out of town, overnight) for us to discuss our research interests and how those interests relate to and fit within the other research done by our organization.  As I […]

Jump Ahead, Fall Behind

I was always a bright student.  That sounds arrogant.  It’s not meant to be, it’s just fact.  I was a straight A student all the way through school, with the exception of a handful of classes in college.  I graduated at the head of my class in graduate school.  Book learning, school, has always been […]

To Lie For Time?

This morning’s craft chapter was about telling harmless lies to get time to write.  Sellers had a term for it, but I don’t remember it (I’ll look it up when I get home).  Ah here it is, she called them “Strategic Deceits”.  The idea was that you could tell a harmless little lie such as […]

The Test Mile

My dad is a runner.  For as long as I can remember (the bulk of my life), he competed in local 10ks and every single work day would go out to the track and run during lunch–then have a pack of Nabs and a Sprite.  He’s a consistent kind of guy.  He also subscribed to […]


Shoulds ruin your choice of topic, your tone, your writing dreams.  Heather Sellers, Chapter After Chapter This morning’s craft chapter made me think about graduate school.  It’s been on my mind a lot this week, largely because I found out that there’s a strong possibility we will be getting a PhD program in clinical psychology […]

Follow Your Own Path

My husband starts school again today after a hiatus of…I forget how long.  He’s 29 years old and halfway to his bachelors degree.  I had 2 when I graduated from college in 2002, and acquired a master’s degree a few years after that.  I liked school–liked learning.  He didn’t/doesn’t.  He doesn’t see why he has […]


So my assignment for the day was to figure out what Marin and Wyatt’s incompatibility is.  I have great difficulty in writing what Pot refers to as “Impossible Relationships”–those sorts of set ups where there’s some major issue that’s surely insurmountable (but of course, it’s romance, so naturally they overcome whatever the impossible thing is).  […]