Adjusting My Goals

I'm not going to finish NaNoWriMo by tomorrow—my word count is hovering around 40,000. That's a far cry from 50,000. I've had to put the manuscript aside to meet some deadlines, applications and otherwise, and I have a sample due Monday and an outline for a new project due next Friday. Today I am meeting … Continue reading Adjusting My Goals

Middle Muddle

As usual, the middle of my story is bloated up with air and foam. I wave an arm through it, can't see my own hand. This always happens with me. I think I need to go to a plot workshop. You know, come to think of it, I once did go to a plot workshop, … Continue reading Middle Muddle


It's November 19, nighttime, which leaves me a .03% chance of writing anything before bed. I am going away for Thanksgiving on Wednesday. I have 26,526 words. And I just agreed to a project (deadline forthcoming) and to write a sample chapter for something else. (We need money to move.) And I've been sleeping late. … Continue reading Disclaimer


I'm sorry, but the writing is just really flat. I'm not sure how to get around this—keep blasting through? take a moment to think? (when? during work? on the subway? at night when I am too tired to move? between headaches?) start over? again? delve deep into my character, much-needed, get through to who she … Continue reading Flat

10 Words

You heard me. Ten words—that's all I wrote today. But I have renewed energy and excitement, thanks to a certain someone who knows who he is, thank you (and I'm not sweating the unrelated rejection). Word count stalled at: novaren Day 8: 14316 words so far (28.6%). But tomorrow it's back on.