Chronic Pain and Creativity 

When it’s hard to get out of bed, it’s hard to be creative.  Pain comes in many forms. What floors me, and I do lay in the floor in pain sometimes, might not phase you. Sometimes we have no point of comparison to another’s pain. Pain has long been associated with artistry – one has…

5 Resources for Describing Characters 

Stephen King said: We’ve all heard someone say, ‘Man, it was so great (or so horrible/strange/funny) … I just can’t describe it!’ If you want to be a successful writer, you must be able to describe it, and in a way that will cause your reader to prickle with recognition. This is from a list…

Put me down for a marvel. 

   This book was marvelous — I could scarcely put it down. Despite the post-apocalyptic setting, this story transported me to a world where anything could be possible. A gleaming blue dome protects New York City, but what of the horrors within? I can’t wait to read the next! Check out I.A. Ashcroft’s website for updates. …

Chasing Rainbows: Finding Magic in the Mundane 

In Cannery Row Steinbeck describes the early morning light like this: It is the hour of pearl—the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself. Usually during the “hour of pearl” I’m nursing a cup of coffee and thinking about the upcoming day. How did he see the morning light in this…

3 Ways to Keep Motivated: Maintaining Momentum 

Now that Camp NaNoWriMo is over, I’m still working on my story. It has been a marathon, quoth someone who has never ran more than 5k.  I’m sharing three ways I keep motivated. During the month of April, I pushed myself harder than normal to complete my goal. I feel like Zooëy, my cat, last…