I once had the pleasure of listening to Dan Lazar, of The Writers House Agency, present his impression of writing and writers. He said one thing that has stuck with me ever since: “Great writers write in packs.”Maybe it’s because I just got back from one of my own pack meetings, but I believe that... Continue Reading →
Here's what I have done so far for the month of January:Finished rough draft of one short story -- and I'm almost done with the rewrite for my writers groupsAlmost done with a second short story -- just need to add the end, which requires some shifting at the beginning. Then I'll jump into the... Continue Reading →
“Reflection: It is presumably a bad thing to look through articles, reviews, etc. to find one’s own name. Yet I often do.”~Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary While reading through Woolf’s diary, it’s easy to conclude: It’s good Virginia Woolf did not live in the time of Google or Amazon Reviews.Because, holy moly! The girl was... Continue Reading →
Just found this wonderful run-down via the Huffington Post:59 Things You Didn't Know About Virginia WoolfThe list was put together in honor of Woolf's birthday. Didn't know she took longer than average to form coherent sentences? Well, I'd say she made up for it.Enjoy!
Deciding to plunge forward on a frustrating piece is one of the most difficult, and most common, decisions a writer must make. If a character isn’t cooperating, if a POV isn’t functioning, if there’s that intangible something telling you that the piece is suffering, it can be hard to convince yourself to press on. After... Continue Reading →
We all do it, and now we can count Virginia Woolf among the ranks of "Writers Who Obsessively Plan About When To Get Stuff Done!"Take for example: "But my mind is full of The Hours [Mrs. Dalloway]. I am now saying that I will write at it for 4 months, June, July, August and September,... Continue Reading →
Virginia Woolf kept a diary. In 1954, her husband, Leonard Woolf released the portions of her diary that involved her writing and her process. This meant that he had to wade through -- wait for it -- 26 book-length volumes of a loosely kept diary in order to find all those nuggets.Now, I know many... Continue Reading →
Finished:1 short storyHalfway through another one.Where are you guys at? What're you working on?
Today is the day we celebrate a man who spoke his mind and his heart; who changed the way America functioned; paved the way for an America where we can have a President Obama; showed us that we can live together in peace.Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister, a position of influence and respect.... Continue Reading →
Reading To The Lighthouse imitates life in a few ways. First off, Woolf apparently wrote it because she was haunted by the spectre of her own mother, who died when she was thirteen. To make a long story short, before Woolf wrote it, she struggled to come to terms with her mother...and after she finished,... Continue Reading →