The 5 Books on My Desk

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes...writing is hard. Today I struggled. And I did not accomplish much. (The kitchen is clean. There's that. It counts.) To help combat the doldrums I keep five writing books within reach of my desk. I thought that if anyone else was struggling -- especially in the middle... Continue Reading →

Why Yes, I NaNo

Happy National Novel Writing Month, writerly people. I wasn't going to participate this year, having been thwarted the past couple years. However, I recently participated in a great workshop put on by mystery novelist Becky Clark for Pikes Peak Writers: "How to Write Your Novel in 8 Weeks." And, while I'm still sorting out a... Continue Reading →

Time to clear the stack:JenRidReadMo

Last month, as you guys know, was National Novel Writing Month. Millions of writers across the country set pen to paper/fingers to keyboard in order to write an entire novel in a month. Which is a crazy idea, when you get right down to it.Partly to recover from this last bout of ridiculousness, and partly... Continue Reading →

I’m a Winner!: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

It's Tuesday again folks. And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of suffering butt-kicking you have done too!And there's one big thing... Continue Reading →

Marathons, Sheep, and Conclusions: A Tuesday Post of Accountability!

Welcome to Tuesday! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of suffering butt-kicking you have done too!Stuff I've done this week:1. And... Continue Reading →

Your Slip is Showing: A Tuesday Post of Accountability!

Welcome to Tuesday! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of suffering butt-kicking you have done too!1. Um, yeah. NaNoWriMo is still... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Post of Accountability!: NaNo NaNo NaNo

It's Tuesday! Time to sound off on all the great and wonderful things we have accomplished. Here's what I did:1. NaNo.2. NaNo.3. NaNo.And that's about it. Luckily, I'm right on pace (as of yesterday...now I need to do today's word count. It just never ends!)However, I have a funny - okay, not really funny - story... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo GO! and Tuesday Post of Accountability

So it's Tuesday, but it's a special Tuesday: the first day of November. Last year I did not participate in NaNoWriMo, and actually I've never participated. UNTIL NOW! To add a literary notch on my belt, I'm going for it this month and will keep you posted on my progress...maybe...I could be writing....For those of you... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep Time!

This year, I'm doing it. Last year I did not. Last year, I didn't even try it because I was in the middle of big project that I didn't want to interrupt. This year, I can write an entire section of my current novel in one month - a section with its own beginning middle... Continue Reading →

Yet Another NaNo Commenter

For all you NaNo folks out there – stop reading this and get to writing! And good luck.But I do want to talk about NaNo for a second, because I think it serves a fantastic purpose: getting people to write. It wakes up those muscles that some writers need to get to it. Then it... Continue Reading →

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