JUL
10
0

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing
My eyesight is not what it used to be. I blame almost fifteen years of editing and supporting writers. But in some ways, I think my failing eyesight is good for my writing. Pigeons fly blind. When they fly forward, they are not at all looking in the same direction they're moving. Instead, they watch the passing scenery, like a passenger in a car.  Years ago, while doing NaNoWriMo, I started the practice of writing first drafts—when I was using a computer and not pen-and-paper—to set th......
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NOV
20
2

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Update

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Update
Word Count Goal for Today: 44,327 Actual Word Count: 43,491 I had lunch with fellow blogger, gay erotica writer, and WriMo Dave X Robb the other day, and we agreed that one major benefit of the annual NaNoWriMo experience is that a thousand words feels easy. So, I'm not worried about the words I've got to catch up today. Week 2 Outcomes: Last week, I tackled my pigeon novel, Homing, and my winged friends continue to flap around in my head. I didn't complete many of Minal's Blueprint Your......
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NOV
05
3

NaNoWriMo 2014 Week 1 Update

NaNoWriMo 2014 Week 1 Update
Word Count Goal As of Today: 11,665 Actual Word Count: 10,558 In previous years, I've sailed through the first week of NaNoWriMo with a sense of lightness and ease. This week, I'm reaching my 2333-word daily goal in under two hours, and I like what I'm writing. The characters have deepened. New crises and predicaments have risen. I'll reach today's word-count goal, no problem. Week 1 Plan: In week 1, I wanted to write new material for The Grass In California, my sweeping, 4-decade, state......
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OCT
22
2

Fall Creativity Update

Fall Creativity Update
I’ve accomplished a lot this year, creatively speaking. I set lofty goals with my 2014 creative plans, and though I didn’t reach every one, I’ve managed to make progress on five novel projects this year. My writing group finished reading, Turning Out, my first novel, and pushed me to drop a casual inquiry note to the editor who's been sitting on it since January. She responded with excellent news: I'm in the "not sure yet" pile. Meanwhile, you can now read Chapter 21 of Turning Out because ......
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APR
30
0

My Writing Group: Why & How

b2ap3_thumbnail_SG_blog_secrets.jpg"Pigeons! Pigeons!" two women in my writing group shout with gleeful voices. "But you like this one. I have a sequel to it." "Pigeons!" one insists. "But there's the one about the cult. Don't you want to read that?" "Pigeons!" the other says emphatically. "Alright, I'll bring you the pigeons," I say, laughing, pleased, flattered. After all, the pigeon story is the one I've just been talking about, the one that's been driving me the most crazy, and the one that makes me feel like a total fr......
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