Writerly Advice in the T-U

I’m among the quoted writers in this piece at the Times Union (or is that TimesUnion as it appears to be on the website?). Are you NaNoWriMo-ing? Buddy me if you are. I am mostly doing this intense month of writing to make sure I finally get the draft done of my next Fox Spirit…

Ca’ canny an’ flee laigh

The Scots Language Centre posted a photo this week that gave me a new motto: This windae is in a leebrary in Aigle (‘Edzell’) in Angus. Caw cannie an flee laich is an auld saw that micht be set in Inglis as “Go carefully and don’t take on too much.” Tak tent that the ‘apologetic…

Happy ‘No’ Year

Happy New Year! I plan to make this the year of ‘no’: it’s not as negative as it sounds. For many years I have said ‘yes’ to far too many things. I am always hungry for experiences. And I generally only do things I actually want to do (I’ve become much better at not doing…

Writer Wednesday: Priorities

What really matters most? Whether you think about it consciously or not, you’re always making choices. What matters most to you may vary from moment to moment throughout your day. You may not realise it all the time, but you’re ranking everything that comes your way, often in a casual way and frequently without much…

Writer Wednesday: Making Time Productive

Okay, if you’ve been following along on the How to Keep Writing When it’s Not Your Full Time Job or whatever I called it last time, then you have carved out some time to use for your writing. Now those minutes stare you in the face demanding that you be creative RIGHT NOW! How do…

Writer Wednesday: Time Inventory

Continuing the theme from last week of ‘know yourself‘ — and more importantly, I suppose, to know your habits — I have some homework for those who would actually like to write more. Take inventory! Not of things, but of time. Here’s the form. Print it out and consider a typical day. I know that…

Writer Wednesday: Time is Elastic

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”  – P. G. Wodehouse I am overcome by this feeling a lot. Especially in times like the present where other demands have taken up a lot of my time. There are never enough hours…

Writer Wednesday: Get Organised!

Step One on How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job (or with various other demands on your time): getting organised! Or even organized — whichever spelling you prefer. The process remains the same. While I am a firm believer in the freedom of chaos in my life — and grateful to the powers…

Writer Wednesday: A New Project

Usefulness! It is not a fascinating word, and the quality is not one of which the aspiring spirit can dream o’ nights, yet on the stage it is the first thing to aim at. ~ Ellen Terry I’ve been thinking about usefulness and one of the ways I thought to employ my own usefulness would…